Rithepani hill to cut down for Pokhara International Airport

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Rithepani hill to cut down for Pokhara International Airport

December 18, kathmandu.An environmental impact assessment has been undertaken to cut down the Rithepani hill in the south-east of Pokhara International Airport.

The Forest Office has started Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) after the airport requested permission from the Division Forest Office in Pokhara for cut down the hill. The forest office has said that 600 trees in the forest need to be cut down.

According to the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the hills near the airport have to be cut. Accordingly, 40 meters of Ritepani hill has to be cut. Numbering has been done for the removal of 600 trees at the request of the airport.

But according to the forest procedure, the airport has to grow 25 trees equal to one tree and hand it over to the forest department.

Kedar Baral, head of the Division Forest Office, Pokhara, said that approval would be given to start cut down the hill after the airport acquires land and makes it available.

Raju Acharya, a forest conservationist, said that the forest is being degraded due to lack of control in the name of big development projects. He said that deforestation should be started only after growing 25 saplings equal to one tree during the construction of the project.

Any project that destroys one tree in the name of development has to grow 25 trees. However, the process of acquiring land and growing plants even when the construction work of the airport is nearing completion is seen to be affected due to deforestation.

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