KATHMANDU — The government has decided to construct the 1200MW Budhi Gandaki Hydropower project with domestic investment.
A Cabinet meeting held on Friday made the decision and authorised Nepal Electricity Authority to build the project under Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) model, informed Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa.
“The Cabinet had decided to authorise the NEA to build the Budhi Gandaki Project under EPC model,” said DPM Thapa, at a press meet. He further said the national-pride project would be constructed with domestic investment and domestic technology.
Earlier on November 13, the government had revoked the deal to construct the project signed with China’s Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) citing ‘instructions issued by parliamentary committees’ in September.Follow @gorkhapost
26 rhinos die in a year in CNP
CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.
26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.
Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.
Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.
The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.
This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.
The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.
The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.
The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.
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