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Province govt to construct Bhimphedi-Kulekhani tunnel: Province 3 CM Paudel

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HETAUDA — Province 3 Chief Minister Dormani Poudel has asserted that the Province Government would construct the Bhimphedi-Kulekhani Tunnel Highway.

He said although the government had signed an agreement in 2012 with Nepal Infrastructure Development Company to complete the tunnel way within four years, works have not progressed in that connection so far. So the provincial government would undertake its construction, he said.

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Stating that the state government has already allocated Rs 50 million for preparing the detailed project report of the tunnel way, Chief Minister Poudel said, “The construction works would be carried out vigorously placing the project as the pride project of the province.”

The provincial government has also requested the federal government to abrogate the agreement with the Company citing that the company, it seems, could not carry out the construction now although it has extended the project term till 2022.

Chief Minister Poudel said the Company has so far not even started a scratch of work on the project.

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Rolpa begins hair oil production

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ROLPA— A factory established in Sulichaur, the eastern belt in Rolpa district, has started the production of hair oil through processing of medicinal herbs available in the locality.

Established with the investment of Rs 15 million, a total of 35 people have been employed, proprietor of the industry Tek Bahadur Ghartimagar said.

According to Ghartimagar, the productions of the company are exported to the bigger cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other market areas, as they are not sold in the local market due to higher prices.

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He said that cinnamon, bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala), Calamus (Acorus Calamus), muskroot and many other locally available herbs are processed to produce the hair oil.

He also said that the local farmers are also encouraged to produce grass and herbs to avert the crisis of the raw materials as the materials produced in community forests and private forests could not meet the demand for raw materials.

Ghartimagar is of the view that the income of the community forests could be increased by doing farming of the medicinal herbs. “It would increase the income of community forests and also ensures sustainability of the industries,” he adds.

Rolpa is considered as a good source of many medicinal herbs where the local residents are making good income from the sale of the products. However, some herbs are yet to be identified despite their high values.

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