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Muglin-Narayangadh road section deadline extended

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CHITWAN — The deadline for the construction of Muglin-Narayangadh road section has been extended by three months.

The Department of Road on Wednesday approved the request of the construction company to extend the deadline.

According to, engineer of Narayangarh-Muglin Road Project Shiva Khana, the deadline for first section is till May 10 while the deadline for second section is May 20. Likewise, the third section has got the deadline of May 30, 2018.

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Khanal said that the construction companies were lobbying for extension of the construction deadline for another 1000 days citing they were not getting time to work for different reasons but extended only for maximum three months.

The construction company was awarded the construction work in April 2015 to complete the project in 24 months. However, the deadline was extended citing earthquake, India’s blockade and flooding for two consecutive years.

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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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