SC show cause against Upper Trishuli 3A

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    KATHMANDU, Jan 8: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued a show cause notice against the government´s recent decision to upgrade the 60-megawatt Upper Trishuli 3A Hydropower Project to 90 megawatts.

    A single bench of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi also decided to hold discussions with the petitioner and the defendants regarding the issue on January 15.

    Challenging the government´s decision, advocate Lokanath Chapagain on Monday had moved the apex court arguing that the government´s decision is against the existing Public Procurement Act. The petitioner had urged the SC to scrap the government´s decision.

    The petitioner has claimed that the project upgradation would add unnecessary financial burden on the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and delay the project by three more years.

    The run-of-the-river project is being developed by a Chinese contractor China Gezhouba group Co with US$ 89 million soft loan from the Exim Bank of China. The project will not help reduce load-shedding during the dry season and generate additional power only during the rainy season.

    Though, the contractor had initially agreed to develop the 90 MW for US$ 111 million, the government has agreed to spend US$ 132 million. The government had awarded the project to the Chinese contractor to develop the 60 MW at the cost of US$ 89 million.

    Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, the prime minister´s office, Ministry of Energy, Nepal Electricity Authority and China Gezhouba group Co, among others, have been made defendants in the writ petition.

    Source : Republica online

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