Upper Tamakoshi hydro : Work resumes after pact

upper tamakoshiDOLAKHA, MAR 26 – After remaining stalled for the last 13 days, construction work on 456MW Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project resumed on Wednesday following an agreement between the project and agitating workers and the project to form a taskforce that will take a decision on the demand of the workers.

The workers have been demanding 500 shares each in the project. The taskforce, which will be formed in a week, will submit its report within 30 days.

The project’s spokesperson Ganesh Neupane said the agreement was reached on Tuesday evening and the workers, including the Chinese, have resumed the work. “Based on the report of the taskforce, the workers’ demand will be addressed,” he said.

Due to the strike, the project’s work has been severely hampered. Officials said the project could not be completed in time as a result of strike.

More than 70 percent of the construction work has been completed. Around 82 percent of the civil works and 30 percent of the hydro mechanical work have been over. The project is expected to be completed by July 2016.

The project has already issued shares in the names of the employees of financing institutions, including Nepal Electricity Authority, Employees Provident Fund and Citizen Investment Trust.

Source : eKantipur