Kathmandu, January 17
The Supreme Court has issued an interim order telling the government and concerned stakeholders to put on hold the Annapurna cable car plan until the next hearing.
In response to a writ petition filed by advocate Padam Bahadur Shrestha, the president of Environment Law Society Nepal, a single bench of Justice Til Prasad Shrestha issued the interim order last Friday.
In the writ petition, advocate Shrestha had argued the project based in Sikles of Kaski would be against the country’s environmental law and would harm the environmental balance of the Annapurna conservation area.
Although the order was issued on Friday, the court issued a copy of the order with the justice’s signature just on Tuesday as Saturday, Sunday and Monday were public holidays, according to advocate Shrestha.
Meanwhile, the bench has called both sides for the next hearing on coming Monday, it has been learned.