More than 88,000 trees are likely to be chopped down for the construction of the Nepal-India petroleum pipeline.

Government officials have informed that total 88,163 trees will be cut down between Amalekhgunj and Pathalaiya of Bara district, in the forest area protected by Parsa National Park.

The Ministry of Forest and Environment says a Cabinet meeting held last week approved the Ministry’s request to fell the trees. The Cabinet has assigned Timber Corporation of Nepal to execute the decision.

Accordingly, the Corporation’s Pathalaiya branch has issued a notice calling for tenders to chop down the trees.

However, no decision has been made about removing trees from the forest area south of Pathalaiya.

The construction company digging the pipeline says it will complete the assignment in 15 days once the land is cleared after chopping down the trees.

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