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Chameliya Hydro project gains momentum following Energy Minister’s instruction

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BAITADI — The tunnel construction of the 30 – megawatt Chameliya Hydro Power Project at Balanch village of Shikhar VDC in Darchula has been completed.

The project construction work, which had slowed down, gained momentum following an instruction from Minister of Energy, Janardan Sharma.

Minister Sharma on February 11 had made an onsite visit to the construction site of the project and issued the directive for its completion at the earliest.

Of the total of 4.6 km tunnel, the construction of 843 meters had been too narrow. This prompted the project management to expand the narrow stretch of the tunnel and the work was done along 611 meters.

The work to expand the remaining 232 meters of the narrow stretch started on September 28, 2016 and completed only just yesterday, according to Project Chief, Ajay Dahal.

The Project aims to complete the test production by September this year and start generating power by December.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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