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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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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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