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48 LPG industries operating without NS certification

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KATHMANDU — 48 out of the 55 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industries operating in the country have not yet taken the Nepal Standard certification.

Although the government has made the NS certification mark mandatory to all LPG industries, these 48 companies have not heeded to the government’s regulation for safety.

The Bureau of Standards and Metrology in last December had initiated action against LPG industries operating without acquiring the NS certification. They had stated that they would acquire the certification mark within two months but have not done so yet.

Bureau Director-General Bishwa Babu Pudasaini said the number of LPG industries taking the NS certification mark from the Bureau has however increased.

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“Three LPG industries have taken the certification after campaign has begun to take action against those that have not, while 20 are in the process of taking it,” he informed.

According to him, the Bureau has asked for mandatory documentation with all LPG industries for providing the NS certificate to them.

The LPG industries that have taken NS certification so far include Manoj Gas Industry-Birgunj, Shree Krishna Gas Industry-Dhading, Saibaba Gas Industry-Dhading, Nepal Gas Industry-Balaju, Janaki Gas Industry-Nawalparasi, Metro Gas Industry-Dhading, and NL Gas Industry-Birgunj.

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Govt decides to award Budhi Gandaki Hydel project to Chinese firm again

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to award contract for the construction of the 1,200-megawatt Budhigandaki hydropower project, a national pride project, to China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) once again.

A Cabinet meeting on Friday has decided to award the contract for the project to CGGCL reverting the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to develop the 1200MW project with internal resources.

The Cabinet meeting has directed the Energy Ministry to initiate the process to award the project to the Chinese company.

Following the government decision, the Energy Ministry will now invite the Chinese company for talks and prepare a draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) before signing it, according to multiple sources at the ministry.

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As per the Cabinet decision, the ministry has been asked to hold talks with the Gezhouba, prepare a proposal, and strike a deal to execute the $2.5 billion reservoir project.

Earlier on May 15, 2017, the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to construct the Budhigandaki project to CGGCL, juat nine days before he was to resign from the PM’s post.

The Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to CGGCL at a cost of Rs 260 billion as per a study carried out by a French company, Tractebel Engineering.

The agreement, however, invited controversy as the project was handed to the Chinese company without initiating a competitive bidding process.

The Budhi Gandaki hydel project has been touted as a key project to resolve the perennial power crisis in the country. The government has allocated Rs18 billion for compensation payments and operational expenses for this fiscal year.

The Gorkha and Dhading district administration offices are currently distributing compensation to owners of the land taken over by the project.

More than 8,000 households will be affected by the project, according to the latest report.

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