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Narayanhiti Museum collects more than Rs 230 million revenue

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KATHMANDU — The Narayanhiti Durbar Museum has collected more than Rs 230 million revenue after welcoming 2.7 million visitors in nine years of its operation.

The museum was opened for public on 27th February, 2009, following the announcement of a republic in Nepal on May 28, 2008, with the abolition of around 240-year-old monarchy. It raised over Rs 230 million from the sale of entry tickets and around Rs 1.5 million as parking fees in this period.

The museum records show that so far, 2,721,485 people have visited it.

Of them, as many as 1,145,510 were Nepali students, 1,365,091 were common people, 155,576 were from the SAARC countries and China, and 65,308 people had arrived from other countries.

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“The museum charges a Nepali student Rs 20 as entry fees, it is Rs 200 for a visitor from home while Rs 250 for a guest from the SAARC countries and China and Rs 500 for nationals from other countries,” according to Information Officer at the Museum Adait Shrestha.

Till the first nine months of the current fiscal, 235,534 people visited the museum. The collected revenue also includes the vehicles’ parking fees. The museum remains open for public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm five days in a week (except Tuesday and Wednesday).

The palace that long served as the residence of the then ruling monarchs of Nepal was turned into a museum, following the introduction of a new system in the country.

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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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