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Nepal SC issues show cause notice to govt over airport

KATHMANDU (PTI): Nepal’s Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to the government on its reported decision to handover management and up-gradation contract of the country’s only international airport to an Indian company.

A single bench of the Apex court today issued the notice in the name of Prime Minister and council of ministers and summoned both sides for discussion whether or not to issue an interim order, according to court sources.

Advocates Sriprasad Pandit, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and Bhupal Basnet had filed the writ petition on Wednesday seeking to scrap the decision to hand over the management of Tribhuvan International Airport to Indian company Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), as it was done in violation of the country’s laws and against the national interest.
There were media reports that Nepal Government reached an MoU with the Indian company to hand over management and up-gradation of the airport to the company without going through proper formal tendering process.

However, Nepal Investment Board has issuing a statement refuting the news report and said that the board had not reached any agreement with the Indian company.

After learning that the Indian company was interested in handling the up-gradation and management of the airport, the board had only asked the company to submit a proposal in the matter, the statement said.

General Manger of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has also refuted the report saying it has no knowledge about handing over the management of the airport to the Indian company.

The false media report in a section of the Nepalese press is termed here as anti-India campaign by a section to discourage foreign investment coming to the country, Nepali Congress has said.

Nepali Congress central member Ramsharan Mahat said that though Nepal’s international airport with its poor services and facilities needs help from foreign experts to improve the management, the news report was totally false as no such decision has ever been made.

Published Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2012 | 08:32 AM

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