It has been confirmed that corruption of Rs 540 million took place under variation number 3 of the under construction Chameliya Hydropower Project in Darchula district.
A meeting of the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday confirming the massive irregularities took decision to initiate process for action against concerned ministers, secretaries and employees of the project among others.
The PAC had conducted investigation into the irregularities in the hydel project since two months forming a sub-committee led by lawmaker Rajendra Kumar KC.
The sub-committee concluded misappropriation during purchase of construction material, wages and salaries to employees along with variation order to contractors of civil and electro-mechanical works.
The PAC has decided to write to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) for action against corruption-accused ministers, secretaries, hydel project employees, acting directors at Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) involved in directing and implementing orders from 2001 to till now.
The project with the initial investment of Rs 8 billion was scheduled to be completed in 2011. However, even with the capital leapfrogging to Rs 15 billion, the project is yet to complete.