KATHMANDU, MAR 04 –
Construction works of Upper Trishuli 3A Hydropower Project has come to standstill after a local club barred the vehicles from entering the project site after the project developer rejected the club’s demands.
The project has already been delayed by more than one year after it was dragged into a controversy over upgrading its capacity.
The Cabinet has given a green signal to increase the projects’ capacity from the existing 60 MW to 90 MW and the Nepal Electricity Board (NEA) Board is expected to take a final decision on the matter shortly.
Though the developer of the project has agreed to invest in sectors like education, health, road, among others, the local Mirmire Hatemalo Youth Club has demanded that the project should work in 12 sectors in the project affected area. It has also demanded that the club be given the responsibility to execute the works financed by the project. The project has agreed to invest Rs 20 million in one affected village development committee (VDC).
After a meeting held between the club representatives and the project developer on Thursday failed to reach a breakthrough, the club obstructed road in Simle of Manakamana, bringing the project works to halt.
Project Manager Uttam Amatya said that the road obstruction has caused a problem in transporting construction materials and foodstuffs to the project site. He blamed the police administration for not showing seriousness to open the road though police personnel have been deployed at the obstruction site.
Source : The Kathmandu Post