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TSG recommends Kavre’s Nagidanda for domestic airport construction

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KATHMANDU — The Technical Study Group (TSG) has recommended the construction of a domestic airport in Nagidanda of Kavre as an alternative to the domestic section at TIA.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has formed TSG almost a month ago — which comprises aviation experts — to suggest the government on possible ways to address air traffic congestion at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

Submitting its study report to the government, TSG suggested the construction of a domestic airport at Nagidanda or Chisapani Thulichaur of Kavre, but termed Nagidanda as ‘comparatively more feasible’.

“Nagidanda site is the best among different indicated sites for the construction of a domestic airport to manage congestion at TIA,” the report reads.

The TSG report has stated that construction and operation of a domestic airport in Nagidanda will reduce almost 20 per cent traffic load at TIA.

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Similarly, 20 per cent communication load of air traffic control (ATC) at TIA will be reduced if helicopter operation from TIA is shifted to the yet-to-be-constructed domestic airport at Nagidanda.

Operation of airport in Nagidanda will also reduce the frequency congestion on Kathmandu approach, TIA tower and TIA ground, the report stated.

“However, issues like metrological condition (wind and visibility) at Nagidanda, instrument flight procedure, air traffic management (ATM) procedure and safety assessment with respect to TIA must be addressed at the very beginning of the project cycle.” it added.

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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

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Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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