The Delegation Management and Government Assurance Committee of the National Assembly today instructed the government to address issues facing the national pride projects across the country.

Various issues such as clearing of trees, extending deadline and contracts, among others have impeded the construction process of such mega projects.

The meeting was called to discuss the report prepared by a sub-committee following field visits to national pride projects in Lumbini, Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces.

According to Committee President Ram Narayan Bidari, the meeting has decided to instruct the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation to do the needful to iron out issues related to these projects.

The sub-committee had inspected Mahakali Irrigation Project, Postal Highway, Bheri-Babai Diversion, Rani-Jamara-Kulariya Irrigation Project, Sikta Irrigation Project and a Meditation Centre in Lumbini.

The report prepared by the team led by Government Assurance Study Sub-Committee Coordinator Sher Bahadur Kunwar was submitted to the Committee today. The report has highlighted the need to ensure security for these projects apart from adequate skilled human resources and other resources.

Kunwar informed that some national pride projects hit a snag due to compensation row.

The local authorities in the project sites have faced problems distribution compensation to those residing in the public land.

Parliamentarian Sumitra BC, one of the members of the sub-committee, said project officials and workers were at risk of attacks and intimidation from locals. Some officials had action from irate locals while others were misbehaved with, she cited in a report.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 16 2021, of The Himalayan Times.