Stories By 'DIPENDRA SHAKYA'
The Arun III Hydroelectric Project has reported 20 percent physical progress in the last two years, but land compensation issues remain unresolved.
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Water scarcity has driven 45 families out of their homes in three local units of Sankhuwasabha district.
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Dalit and impoverished families in Khandbari Municipality, Sankhu-wasabha, have been left in lurch as the construction of their houses under the People’s Housing Programme remains incomplete.
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An unidentified group detonated three improvised explosive devices at the powerhouse of the under construction Arun III Hydropower Project at Chichila Rural Municipality-3 in Sankhuwasabha district on Thursday night.
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Kimathanka, an idyllic hamlet in the northeastern district of Sankhuwasabha, is one of the smallest—and most remote—settlements in the country. But this tiny village that sits on the Chinese border is a crucial strategic location for Nepal as the country strives to increase its connectivity with the northern neighbour.Until recently, the Arun river, which originates in Tibet—where it is called Pum Qu—used to run through the valley below Kimathanaka. But soon, the river could pose a serious risk to the village—all because of the construction of an embankment, about one kilometre long, along the river on the Chinese side. Since the construction began, the river has started flowing through the settlement and local residents fear the entire hamlet could submerge during the rainy season.
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Four workers, trapped after a landslide buried a tunnel of the Arun III Hydropower Project in Sankhuwasabha district on Friday, were rescued alive after 39 hours on Sunday.The workers had gone out of contact after the landslide blocked the entrance to the tunnel in Phaksind of Makalu Rural Municipality at around 8:45pm on Friday. Two Nepali and two Indian workers were trapped when they were clearing the blasting debris inside the under construction tunnel.
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