Kathmandu: The government has decided to enrol the Sunkoshi-Marin Diversion Multipurpose Project as a ‘national pride project’.
The government is planning to add the Prime Minister’s Agriculture Modernization Project, Madan Bhandari Technical University and construction of Dodhara Chandani bridge, 410-megawatt Nalsing Gad Storage Project, 756-MW Tamor Storage Hydroelectric Project and Madan Bhandari Highway, National Planning Commission (NPC) on the list
The government has allocated more than Rs 130 billion annually for national pride projects. Minister for Communications and Information Technology Mr.Gokul Prasad Baskota said that the multipurpose project should be included in the list of the project of national pride.
According to Baskota, the final phase of preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) of the diversion project is in the final stage. The construction work will start once the DPR is finalized.
In the budget for FY2019/20, the government has identified the multipurpose project as a national pride project. In the fiscal year, the government has planned Rs 2.5 billion for the project. Likewise, the ruling Nepal Communist Party also emphasizes that it should give priority to the multipurpose in its election manifesto.
The Sunkoshi-Marin Diversion Multipurpose Project will irrigate 125,000 hectares of land in Province 2 and aiming to provide round-the-year irrigation facility to five drought-prone districts of the province – Rautahat, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi and Bara. The estimated cost of the project is more than Rs 83 billion that is located in Sindhuli and Ramechhap districts.
This will move the water from the Sunkoshi River to the Marin Khola, a tributary of the Bagmati River, and flow into the Bagmati Irrigation Canal. The project will generate 28.62 MW of electricity.
Baskota said that the project will be one of the overall change as the government accelerates infrastructure construction to achieve its economic goals.
Sunkoshi-Marin will be the second inter-basin infrastructure project to make use of a tunnel boring machine after the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project in Surkhet. The cost of the irrigation component of the multipurpose project is estimated to be Rs 37.2 billion, while the hydropower is expected to cost Rs 46.19 billion.
Sunkoshi-Marin will be the second inter-basin infrastructure project to utilize the start-up boring machine following SurKhet Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project. The cost of the irrigation component of the multipurpose project is estimated to be Rs. 37.2 billion rupees, while hydropower is estimated to cost Rs 46.4.9 billion.
Source: My Republica