Nepal protesters urge end to plan to chop trees for airport

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Around 100 people protested in Nepal’s capital yesterday to voice their opposition to plans to cut down millions of trees to build an international airport in the southern part of the country.

The protesters picketed the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and the Department of Forest in Kathmandu, calling for an immediate stop to the plans to build the airport in Nijgadh, about 80 kilometres south of the capital.

It’s estimated that 2.4 million trees will have to be cut down to build the airport, which is expected to cost USD3.5 billion.

The protesters alleged that the planned airport would be an environment disaster because it would destroy forests that are the habitat for wild animals in the area.

Yadav said that an international airport was necessary in the area, but that a new location needs to be chosen where there are no forests or wild animals.

The planned project would also force some 500 families to move from their villages.

Nepalese activists during a protest outside the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. – PHOTO: AP