KATHMANDU: The Nepal government has said “no” to China to build the Budhi Gandaki hydroelectricity project that was awarded to a Chinese firm by the previous Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led dispensation in 2016.
The previous government had also asked China to list the project under its Belt and Road Initiative, of which Nepal is a part.
The decision by the current government on Tuesday came as relief to New Delhi as it fears that investment by Beijing would surpass in Nepal and would lessen India’s clout in Kathmandu.
Nepal’s Energy Minister Barsha Man Pun on Tuesday announced that government will call for global tenders to develop the Budhi Gandaki hydroelectricity project that is expected to generate 12,00 mw electricity. The total cost of the project is around $2.73 billion.