Six hurt while digging hydro project tunnel

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 6, 2014-

At least six workers, including one Chinese national, were injured while digging a tunnel of the Upper Madikhola Hydropower Project in Kaski district on Sunday.

Two of the injured are receiving medical treatment at Manipal Teaching Hospital in Pokhara while the rest have returned home after receiving primary medical attention.

According to Gun Prasad Baral, chairman of the All Nepal Revolutionary Trade Union, the hydropower project workers were injured when a boulder fell down on them during tunnel construction at Sildujure-7. Santosh Lama of Makwanpur and Himal Rai of Khotang are undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital.

Project Coordinator Bir Bikram Rana said he has no knowledge of the incident

as he is currently on leave to attend a wedding ceremony.

Earlier, 16 workers were trapped after the tunnel of the under-construction hydel project collapsed on April 25. Three workers had lost their lives while 12 Nepalis and a Chinese national were among those rescued safely. One technician was also killed in a landslide at the same site on September 5, 2013. The hydropower project  plans to generate 25MW electricity.


Published: 07-07-2014 08:45

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