Nepal | May 30, 2020

Compensation distribution for Budhigandaki hydel hindered

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Dhading, January 30

Distribution of compensation for land to be seized for Budhigandaki Hydro Project has encountered roadblocks, thanks to the CDOs of Gorkha and Dhading.

After the district offices of Dhading and Gorkha refused to take the responsibility of distributing land compensation in their respective districts, compensation distribution has hit a snag.

Budhigandaki Hydro Project Concern Committee said that though the government had allocated Rs 10 billion for land compensation this fiscal, not a single penny was distributed till date.

The halt in land compensation has disrupted work on the project of national pride.

After notification for land reparation, as many as 2,120 persons from Gorkha and 1,250 from Dhading registered their applications for compensation.

But, CDOs of both the districts insisted that Budhigandaki Hydro Project Environment, Compensation Distribution, Rehabilitation Unit distribute the reparation. Six-hundred locals who applied for the reparation last year are yet to receive compensation.

The DAOs of Gorkha and Dhading had notified people of then three VDCs each to come to get the land reparation two months ago. People, however, are yet to receive compensation.

Dhading CDO Shyam Prasad Bhandari said his office had returned Rs 200 million to the rehabilitation unit of the hydro project. Gorkha CDO Jitendra Basnet said that his office would not distribute money this year, though it did last year.

Locals had picketed the office of Budhigandaki Hydro Project last Friday after the CDOs refused to hand over compensation demanding the money be distributed. The project has assured locals it would hold an-all party meeting and start distributing compensation pronto.

Focal person Joint Secretary Chiranjivi Chataut at the Ministry of Energy said an all-party meet among stakeholders was needed for compensation distribution.

The compensation has to be distributed to the then 14 VDCs of Gorkha and 13 VDCs of Dhading.


A version of this article appears in print on January 31, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Are we doing enough for the mental health of healthcare workers?

The number of coronavirus patients has been increasing over the past few days in Nepal. In the current scenario, it seems like the numbers would further increase in the coming days. Given that healthcare workers and frontline staff are the first responders to manage the ongoing pandemic with limited Read More...

MoHP briefing: Nepal witnesses exponential increase in COVID-19 cases

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates from across the country on government’s response to COVID-19 crisis. As of today, 64,154 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method and 105,478 Rapid Diagnostic Tests Read More...

Ministry of Home Affairs

Chaurjahari Incident: Govt-formed probe committee begins investigation

JAJARKOT: A five-member high level investigation committee formed by Home Ministry to probe the Chaurjahari incident has begun its investigation from today. The incident occurred when Navaraj BK along with his 18 friends reached Sothi in West Rukum district from Bheri Municipality in Jajarkot Read More...

19 COVID-19 diagnosed individuals discharged, 206 recoveries so far

KATHMANDU: As many as 19 persons earlier diagnosed with COVID-19, admitted at different health facilities across the country, have been discharged, following recovery, confirmed MoHP. Two patients receiving treatment at the Teku-based Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, have been d Read More...

What’s behind latest India-China border tension

NEW DELHI: Tensions along the China-India border high in the Himalayas have flared again in recent weeks. Indian officials say the latest row began in early May, when Chinese soldiers entered the Indian-controlled territory of Ladakh at three different points, erecting tents and guard posts. They Read More...

Monkeys steal coronavirus blood samples in India

LUCKNOW: A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday. The attack occurred this week when a laboratory technician was walking in the campus of a state-run medical Read More...

Little fear, lots of love as Madrid medics do home rounds amid pandemic

MADRID: With air kisses and palms clasped, elderly patients in Madrid greet medics who come to check them at home during the coronavirus pandemic despite the risks involved. "I don't know if it's right to say it but I've had little fear," primary care nurse Ana Arenal told Reuters after she Read More...

Cilic and Coric to join Djokovic's Balkan tour

BELGRADE: Croatians Marin Cilic and Borna Coric will join world number one Novak Djokovic's tennis tournament to be played across the Balkans June 13-July 5, the Serb said on Tuesday. Their inclusion will complete a formidable field also featuring Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimi Read More...