Australian experts test Sikta soil

NEPALGUNJ: A team of experts from Australia examined the soil of the western canal of the Sikta Irrigation Project currently under construction in Banke.

The expert team arrived here on Tuesday to test the ‘dispersive’ soil that was found at some points of the west main canal of the project.

Earlier, a stretch of the canal had caved in during a trial run when water was released into the canal.

Given that, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a case against 21 persons including former minister Bikram Pandey accusing them of misappropriating budget and compromising quality of works in the national pride project.

CIAA has sought realizing 8.5 billion in compensation from the accused.