Work on Sikta Irrigation Project resumes

- POST REPORT, Nepalgunj

Jun 18, 2014-

Construction work on the Sikta Irrigation Project has resumed after the government agreed to provide compensation even to households facing risk of losing property after the construction of the canal.

The national pride project was facing hurdles as local residents of Munnapur village, Kohalpur-1, obstructed the construction work demanding compensation for the risk they face due to the construction of the canal through their villages.

“After the cabinet and district compensation committee decided to provide compensation, the deck is now clear for the completion of the project,” said Prem Ghimire, divisional chief of the project. “We have asked the locals affected by the project to receive the compensation.”

The government has decided to provide Rs 44.5 million to 41 locals from Kohalpur 1 (A) and 2 (B) for five bighas of land. The project has already distributed Rs 64.23 million to 326 households for the acquisition of 32 hectares of land.

The government in 2003 had decided to provide Rs 345,000 per kathha on the eastern side from Duduwa canal if the land is connected with the road and Rs 250,000 per kathha if the land does not have access to road.

On the western side, it was decided to give Rs 400,000 for the land with road access and and Rs 325,000 for land without road access.

But this time, the compensation has been increased by 23 percent. “The construction work stopped for 29 months and the project has now handed over the project site,” said said Yubaraj Chhetri of Kalika Construction.

Published: 19-06-2014 09:01

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