Govt to infuse Rs16b in irrigation project

- CHITRANGA THAPA, MAHENDRANAGAR
Govt to infuse Rs16b in irrigation project

May 31, 2015-The government will invest Rs16 billion for the implementation of the third phase of the Mahakali Irrigation Project.

The amount, which will be used for survey, design and cannel construction, comes from the $1 billion (Rs 102.4 billion) Indian line of credit. “Work on the survey has already begun,” said Irrigation Minister NP Saud. “The contract procedure has started for the preliminary survey.”

He said Rs20 billion from the Indian credit line will be used for agriculture infrastructure, and the Mahakali irrigation project is one of them.

Half of the amount has been planned to be injected in hydropower projects and Rs 30 billion will go to other infrastructure projects.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced providing the credit during his first visit to Nepal after becoming Prime Minister in August last year, and the two sides have signed an agreement for the credit.

According to Saud, the remaining Rs3 billion meant for agriculture infrastructure will go to the Koshi Pump Canal rehabilitation. Under the third phase of Mahakali irrigation, 34,000 hectares of land will be irrigated at Ghandighadh area in Kanchanpur, resettlement areas in the district’s southern part, and Malakhet area of Kailali district.

Earlier, under the first and second phases, irrigation facilities have been made available for 48,000 hectares and 64,000 hectares of land, respectively.

Meanwhile, the management of the second phase of Mahakali Irrigation Project was handed over to water consumer committee at Beldandi amid a function on Thursday.

Director General of the Department of Irrigation Madhav Belbase and consumer committee chairman Bhim Bahadur Thapa signed an agreement regarding the handover of the management at the presence of Minister Saud.

Published: 01-06-2015 08:11

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