Border blockade dampens construction of Chameliya Hydel Project

BHIMDUTTANAGAR: Needless to say that the unofficial border blockade imposed by India on Nepal has badly hit the normal life of people in the country.

Not only this, the disruption of essential supplies, fuel included, due to the blockade has also impeded important development projects, including the Chameliya Hydroelectricity Project at Balacha, Sikha VDC-4 in Darchula district.

The construction of the 30-megawatt Project has been hindered following the trade embargo as it disrupted the supply of fuel and other construction materials, according to Pushparaj Joshi, Assistant Manager of the Project.

“We are lacking cement to construct the power house,” shared Joshi, adding that the supplier company of such construction materials has ceased the supply for few months.

Furthermore, the long holidays during festival time also hampered the speed of the project, according to him.

A Project contracted to Gezhoua Group of Companies, a Chinese company, also has the investment of the government and the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

Much to the dismay, the construction of this under-construction Project has been stagnant after May 2014, citing the untimely payment of the NEA.

Initiated some seven years ago, the construction deadline of one of the largest hydel projects of Far-western Region is further pushed away owing to the current blockade.