Nepal Army to provide security to Upper Karnali

    The cabinet has decided to deploy Nepal Army for providing security to the under-construction 900 MW Upper Karnali Hydropower project. The project is being developed by Indian multinational company GMR.

    The decision came following recommendations from the Central Security Council for deploying NA, as recommended to it by a meeting of the regional security coordination committee’s meeting held in Surkhet last week.

    The regional security coordination meeting was attended by regional administrators, chief district officers and representatives of the Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force (APF) from the Mid-Western and Far Western regions.

    With the decision into effect, APF personnel will come out from the project site. Currently, a unit of 70 APF personnel under the command of a DSP has been providing security to the project.

    Most probably, the decision will be brought into effect within a month, a security official who attended the regional level meeting said. “Maybe, Nepal Army’s deployment will be within a month,” he said.

    “In our meeting, we’ve made the recommendation to the central security council about Nepal Army’s deployment,” Far-Western Regional Administrator Mukundaraj Prasad Ghimire said. “The decision will be materialized soon.”

    The assignment for developing required infrastructure for the camp has been given to the developers of the project while Nepal Army itself will make other necessary arrangements, he said.

    With the decision, APF and Nepal Police will be undertaking other security arrangements related to the project other than project site, a security official said.

    Source : Republica