Electric fence project begins at Bahundangi


Aug 17, 2015-

The government has finally initiated the construction of offset fencing in Bahundangi area in Jhapa district to stop wild elephants from entering the human settlements. 

The government and the World Bank had signed an agreement for the construction of the fence along the 18 km stretch from Bahundangi to Mechi River on April 28. As per the agreement the project should be completed within five months and be handed over to local consumer committee. 

“Eighteen kilometre long road has been already constructed in the area where the offset fence will be installed,” said Tikaram Adhikari, the director general of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. He said that the project will be completed within one and half moths. 

The World Bank has already warned of stopping the fund if it the project is not completed on time. 

The offset fence project, which is under the management of Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), will be constructed with the cost of Rs 13 million. 

Finance officer at the NTNC Bidur Pokharel, who has been deployed in the construction site, said that the work of digging pit to erect pillars is going on smoothly now. “The work will be completed within one and half moths at any cost,” said Pokharel. 

According to Adhikari, the project was delayed for some technical reasons. “We had ordered the goods required for the fence from Germany. There was a delay in 

delivery of the consignment,” he said. 

The fence is expected to control the terror of wild tuskers in Bahundangi, Shantinagar, Budhabare and Shanishchare areas. At least 28 people have lost their lives in elephant attacks in Bahundangi since 1995. 

The fence will be 18 km long from Bahundangi to Mechi River.

Published: 17-08-2015 11:45

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