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Concrete bridge constructed over Karnali River at Achham

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ACHHAM — Travel has become easier on the Pushpalal (Mid-hills) Highway with the construction of a concrete bridge over the Karnali river which forms the border between Achham and Dailekh districts.

This is the longest bridge among the 80 bridges that are to be constructed under the Mid-hills Highway that runs begins at Paanchthar in the east and ends at Jhulaghat in far-west. It is 200 metres long and constructed at Belkhet. The bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 225 million.

The locals are happy with the construction of the concrete bridge. Before this, vehicles and goods were transported across the river with the help of ferry.

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“The construction of the bridge here has now made travel easier not only for the vehicles but also for the locals,” said one Meena Nepali of Bayala, Achham.

Forty-eight out of the 80 concrete bridges have been constructed under the highway. Thirty-two are under construction. The Pushpalal Highway is 1,786 kilometres long. It connects 215 settlements of 25 districts in the hilly region.

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NPC urges government to seek clarification from Chinese firm

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KATHMANDU — The National Planning Commission (NPC) has urged the government to seek clarification from China Three Gorges International Corporation (CTGC) over the construction of the Paschim (West) Seti Hydro Power Project.

The meeting of the NPC that began on Sunday, made the decision of seeking clarification from the company with a time period of 90 days regarding the construction of 750 MW hydropower project.

The hydropower project, which is expected to be completed in an investment of 1.60 billion rupees, will have 65 percent investments from the CTGC, 25 percent from the National Electricity Authority (NEA) and the 10 percent investments from the locals as share, as per the plans made before.

CTGC can sell off its 14 percent of its total 65 percent share to the Nepali investors. But the CTGC has been showing dissatisfaction over the rate of purchasing the electricity per unit (PPA). Previously it had asked the NEA to review the rate but got a negative response.

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“We have suggested the government to interrogate the company whether it will be able to complete the project or not. What has been the problem to expedite the construction along with the terms and conditions which the company wants to put forward,” NPC Vice President Swarnim Wagle said.

The CGTC, which has been delaying the construction over its dissatisfaction over the PPA, has been threatening to walk out of the construction.

The project, which covers the area of Doti, Dadeldhura, Baitadi, and Bajhang districts of Far Western Development Region of Nepal, can produce 3.33 billion units of electricity on yearly basis, accoridng to the probability study of the project.

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