Nepal | September 21, 2020

Gandaki Province govt against Kaligandaki-Tinau Multi-purpose Project

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Pokhara, May 4

The government in Gandaki Province has protested the multi-billion-rupee Kaligandaki-Tinau Diversion Multipurpose project that figured in the recent government policies and programmes for the upcoming fiscal.

The Kaligandaki-Tinau Diversion Multipurpose Project expected to cost some 40 billion rupees was first proposed during the tenure of Nepal Communist Party leader and former finance minister Bishnu Poudel. As per the concept of the project, water in the Kaligandaki River will be channelled to the Tinau River though a tunnel to irrigate over 100,000 hectare farmland in Rupandehi and Kapilvastu, and produce 424MW of electricity alongside.

While the detailed field report of the project has been completed, geological study of the project is under way, according to a report of Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation.

As per the design, a 22km long tunnel will carry 90.6 cusec water from the Kaligandaki River to the Tinau River.

For the same purpose, a dam will be built at Parewadanda on the border of Palpa’s Pipaldanda and Syangja’s Malunga.

The project figures on the priority list of the federal government’s policies and programmes for the upcoming fiscal that was presented by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari yesterday.

“Once the study of the project is over, construction will start,” reads the government’s policies and programmes.

The protest has to do with the residents’ concerns that the diversion project will have a negative impact on the ecosystem in the lower basin area adversely affecting farming. Chief Minister of the province Prithvi Subba Gurung has long been protesting the project.

“The diversion project will dry the lower basin area of the river thereby impacting the ecosystem farmland, so we can’t let the project go ahead,” he explained.

Upon hearing the central government’s policies and programmes, Financial Affairs and Planning Minister Kiran Gurung of Gandaki Province also said he was against the project.

“There is no way we will allow a project that is against the welfare of the people of this province,” he said.

Meanwhile, even local residents of Syangja, Palpa, Tanahun, Nawalpur and Chitwan have voiced their concerns about the project.

“The river is linked to our life and our faith, so we won’t tolerate deforming the river under any name,” said Rampur Municipality Mayor Raman Bahadur Thapa.

A version of this article appears in print on May 05, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Photo Gallery: Rohingya refugees receive relief in Kapan amid COVID-19 crisis

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 21 Hiteri Foundation provided food relief packages to long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees here in Kapan on Sunday, September 20. More than 175 families are taking shelter in Kapan after entering Nepal following a mass exodus from their native Myanamar. Also seen in pi Read More...

Nepali Army soldier Nepal’s first security person to die of COVID-19

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 20 Country witnessed the first death of a security person due to COVID-19. The deceased, a 34-year-old soldier of Nepali Army was posted in Kathmandu. He hailed from Ramechhap district. However, Nepali Army has not yet revealed the identity of the deceased. The deceased wa Read More...

Mane double eases Liverpool to 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea

LONDON: Two goals from Sadio Mane just after halftime eased champions Liverpool to a 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea in the Premier League season's first heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. A dull game never threatened to live up to the eight-goal thriller when the sides met in Read More...

Son and Kane combination leads Spurs rout of Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON: Son Heung-min scored four goals set up by Harry Kane as Tottenham Hotspur came from a goal down to overwhelm Southampton 5-2 on Sunday and earn their first Premier League win of the season. In an action-packed first half at St Mary's, both sides had a goal ruled out by VAR before Read More...

Women, children highly affected by COVID pandemic

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 20 The National Women Commission today organised a webinar on ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Initiatives Taken by NWC and Nepal Police in Addressing Gender Based Violence Issues’ to highlight impact of pandemic on women and children across the country. According to t Read More...

Thapa vows to establish RPP as strong force

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 20 Chairperson of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Kamal Thapa today pledged to establish the party as a strong force. The country would become prosperous and sovereign only by pursuing the ideology RPP as Nepal is faced with complex geo-political situation, he claimed at a virt Read More...

NCP Secretariat dwells on Cabinet reshuffle

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 20 The Secretariat of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) today began discussion on Cabinet reshuffle. NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the meeting discussed policy issues regarding the Cabinet reshuffle from different angles, but it did not take a decision o Read More...

Ministry of Urban Development

Bancharedanda landfill site to be completed by mid-October

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 20 State Minister of Urban Development Rambir Manandhar said construction of a sanitary landfill site at Bancharedanda on the border of Nuwakot and Dhading districts will be completed by mid-October. During monitoring of the under-construction landfill site today, State Mi Read More...