Japan to construct river embankments

Kathmandu, January 26

Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Masashi Ogawa and Man Bahadur BK, chairman of Ward No 2, Gharapjhong Village Municipality, yesterday signed a grant agreement for the construction of an embankment along the Kali Gandaki River in Marpha, Mustang.

Under the agreement, the Embassy of Japan will provide grant assistance worth US $90,296 (about Rs 9.2 million) under the Japanese Government’’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, said a press release issued by the embassy. The project will support the construction of a 420-metre embankment along the bank of the Kali Gandaki to prevent erosion of adjacent land.

The embankment will protect land nearby school and also protect agricultural fields from further erosion, it said.

A separate grant assistance contract was signed for the reconstruction of Shree Akala Secondary School in Gorkha district. Ambassador Ogawa and Tara Nath Upreti, principal of the school signed the contract today.

The grant assistance of US$ 90,760 (Rs 9.4 million) will be used for the reconstruction of a school building, one of four structures at the school that had been severely damaged in the 2015 earthquakes.