Funds secured for national pride projects
The government has pledged to prevent resource deficit in the implementation of ongoing 21 projects of national pride.
The commitment was reiterated at a review meeting held at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers on Wednesday. The meeting planned to award multi-year contract by devising annual action plan, making a result-based performance contract and presenting progress report on online format.
So far, Rs 7.89 billion has been spent in the Sikta Irrigation Project which targets to irrigate 33,766 hectares of land. The construction of 35-km portion of a canal with 'head box' has been almost completed, only 15-km and gate at the head box remains incomplete.
According to Secretary at OPMCM Krishna Hari Baskota, 90 percent of the work towards head box of Ranijamara-Kulariya Irrigation Project, aimed at providing irrigation service to 20,300 hectares of land, has been completed while the construction of two 8.5-km canal has been so far accomplished.
A 400-meter-long siphon of Babai Irrigation Project, implemented with the target to provide irrigation service in around 60,000 hectares of land, has been built and a budget of Rs 450 million has been allocated in the current fiscal year for the construction of a new canal, he said.
Baskota further informed that 48 MW electricity will be generated from Babai diversion. Under this, 12-km-long tunnel will be constructed.
Three projects under the Ministry of Energy are in the category of national pride. The investment Board is working to get funding for 750MW Western Seti Hydropower Project from Chinese Company Three Georges, according to the OPMCM.
A French company is involved in undertaking feasibility study and preparing detailed design report and bidding document of 650 MW Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project.
Baskota informed that 11.3 of 16-km tunnel of Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project with capacity of 456-MW has been so far prepared. Contracts have also been signed to construct 'intake' and 'tunnel' under the Melamchi Drinking Water project with a company and build a water treatment plant with another company
The meeting informed that discussions are underway with Chinese Axim Bank regarding upgrading Pokhara domestic airport to a regional airport. Similarly, the Pashupati Area Development Trust and Lumbini Development Trust, which were added as the national glory projects from this year, are also advancing their respective works, Baskota added.
At the discussion, Secretary at Ministry of Energy Biswo Prakash Pandit said that works are on progress in a satisfactory manner. RSS