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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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China supports to reconstruct Tatopati border point





KATHMANDU — The Chinese government has agreed to extend the assistance to Nepal for the projects on post-disaster recovery for Tatopani border point, the hospital recovery in Sindhupalchowk and reconstruction of Jiri Secondary School.

An agreement to this was signed and exchanged at the Ministry of Finance today, said a press statement issued by the Ministry.

Chinese government has pledged to provide Rs 48 billion grants for it.

Finance Secretary Shankar Prasad Adhikari and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong signed the agreements on behalf of the government of Nepal and the Chinese government respectively.

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For the resumption of the Tatopati border point, the budget would be used for renovation of building and establishment of protection measures, so that trade clearance capabilities would be improved.

Similarly, under hospital recovery project, a middle sized hospital equipped with necessary facilities having 39 beds would be constructed in Sindhupalchowk.

School reconstruction is aimed at recovering and improving school facilities and functions.

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