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Parliamentary committee directs govt to blacktop all roads inside Ring Road within a year

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KATHMANDU — The Development Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has directed the concerned authorities to speed up ongoing road expansion drive in Kathmandu Valley and complete blacktopping of all roads within the Ring Road boundary in a year as per the government’s policy and program for fiscal year 2016-17.

The Committee on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion Project, Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Road Division to complete blacktopping of all roads within the boundary of Ring Road in coming year.

In the meeting, the stakeholders held discussion on the up-gradation of all roads within the ring road as well as on road expansion drive, people’s participation, compensation and working system to that end.

The government policy and program has stated that the ongoing Kathmandu Valley road expansion drive will be expedited and all roads within the Chakrapath will be blacktopped by a year.

Committee Chairperson Rabindra Adhikari also directed the agencies concerned to inform the people of the respective geographical areas about the annual plan of road widening and maintenance in different places.

Chairperson Adhikari instructed to let people know the jurisdiction of the agencies while widening the road under the Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion Drive.

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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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