55 years after initiation, Pinguwa irrigation project still incomplete

- CHANDRA KARKI, TEHRATHUM
55 years after initiation, Pinguwa irrigation project still incomplete

Apr 25, 2014-

Though initiated 55 years ago, the Pinguwa Irrigation Project in the district is yet to be completed. One thousand and seven hundred hectares of farmland of five VDCs—Jirikhimti, Sabla, Piple, Myanglung and Tamphula—will be irrigated once the project is completed.

The project was started by the Nepali Congress-led government in 2016 BS at the initiation of NC leader Tejman Tumwahamphe, who was elected in the election in 2015 BS.

Out of Rs 20 million provided by then Italian government, Rs 10 million was spent in constructing around three-kilometer concrete canal, Tumwahamphe said.

He said the project came to a halt after the contractor ran away following the protest by some disgruntled local people then.

Local people said their repeated calls to the government to resume the project have never been addressed. “The project could not complete as we do not have access to the centre,” said former secretary of Sabla VDC and chairman of the Pinguwa Irrigation Project, Abhi Narayan Limbu.

“Now all political parties and local people are in favour of the project,” said NC district President Gobinda Dhungana. He said agricultural production of the VDCs is on the decline every year due to lack of irrigation.

Devraj Niraula, chief of the Irrigation Division Office in Dhankuta, said Rs 550 million will be required to complete the project. The division had also carried out a preliminary survey of the project. “Farmers have demanded that the project should be constructed this year. I am requesting the Department of Irrigation to carry out a holistic survey of the project,” he said.

Meanwhile, local people urged Irrigation Minister NP Saud to immediately resume the project during his inspection visit to the project site a week ago.

In response, Saud assured local people of resuming the project. He said that the holistic survey of the project will be carried out within this fiscal year. “I will initiate efforts to include the project in budget this year,” he said.

 

Published: 26-04-2014 08:49

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