Budhigandaki Hydro Project would be constructed at any cost: PM Koirala

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that the Budhigandaki Hydropower Project would be constructed at any cost.

Talking to a delegation comprising leaders of different political parties from Gorkha and Dhading districts at his official residence in Baluwatar this morning, PM Koirala said that the project would be included in the new budget.

The delegation met the PM for drawing his attention for immediate beginning of the project.

On the occasion, PM Koirala directed Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat and Energy Minister Radha Kumari Gyawali to take necessary actions in this regard.

The delegation led by Nepali Congress Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha urged the PM to take initiation for the immediate construction of the project, as it was included in the policy and programmes of the government as well.

Budhigandaki Hydropower Project is included as the national pride project and it should be constructed with utmost priority, said the delegation team.

On the occasion, the politicians from the affected two districts urged the government to make arrangements of the resettlement of the people of the affected areas by providing due compensation of the land.

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the 1,200 MW Project has reached in the final phase, it is said.

A French company, which has been carrying out the DPR, said that it was slightly delayed to submit the report due to the devastating quake. The Company has hinted at the possibility of shifting the affected people at Seurenitar of Gorkha.

During the meeting, the delegation team also asked the PM to intensify the resettlement projects, reconstruction of historical, religious, cultural heritages and other developmental projects in the worst quake-hit areas in these districts.

Politicians Rajendra Prasad Pandey, Guru Prasad Burlakoti, Parashu Ram Tamang, Dhan Bahadur Ghale, Dilman Pakhrin and other local leaders of different political parties were present on the occasion. RSS

Source: Nepalnews