Nijgadh, December 24
As many as 27,029 trees have been cut down for the construction of Kathmandu-Tarai fast track. Nepal Army is constructing the 77-kilometre track.
Out of 38,664 trees that needed to be cut down, 27,069 trees have been cut down, Chief of the Fast Track Project Implementation Division, Lieutenant Colonel Bishwa Bandhu Pahadi says. He says that the remaining 11,100 trees would be chopped while constructing the tunnel.
Pahadi informs that the trees have been chopped taking permission from the Ministry of Forests and Environment. The chopped trees have been handed over to the bodies concerned. The Ministry of Forests has been given the responsibility of managing the chopped trees that were under its care while the community forest users committees have been given the responsibility of managing the trees that were under the community forests.
Nepal Army has grown some 150,000 saplings in nurseries at Nijgadh for planting them as per the requirement of the environmental standard of planting 25 trees in place of a single tree that is cut in course of construction.