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Nepal Govt concerned over Maoists' threat to halt Kosi project

The government of Nepal has expressed serious concerns over attempts by the Maoists to disrupt works on the 3,200 MW Kosi High Dam Project in eastern Nepal.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2010 23:39 IST

The government today expressed serious concern over attempts by the Maoists to disrupt works on the 3,200 MW Kosi High Dam Project in eastern Nepal.

The Ministry of Energy expressed serious concern over the threats issued by the UCPN-Maoist affiliated ethnic groups Limbuwan Rastriya Mukti Morcha and Kirat Mukti Morcha to halt Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the 3,200 MW Kosi High Dam.

The local stakeholders have been continuously engaged in dialogue from time to time to address their concerns and if needed, the government is ready to address any concern shown by the stakeholders regarding the project, it said in a statement.

There is no rationale behind the Maoists' protest as the work is just a DPR and we will get the comprehensive report only after the study is complete. Whatever report we get from this joint initiative will be a bonus for Nepal, the ministry said.

Cadres of the Unified CPN-Maoist reached the project site in eastern Nepal on Saturday and threatened to halt works on Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the Project, which is meant for irrigation of lands in Bihar and Nepal, besides producing electricity.

The Maoists have claimed that the 269-metre high dam is not in the interest of Nepal and should not be built without proper assessment of possible damages, such as inundation from the project. The exploration work on Saptakoshi project has been taken up jointly by Nepal and India since 2004 and some 6 dozen technicians have been involved in the works related to DPR.

The DPR on the project has already been delayed for three years due to the Maoists protest in the past. The works on 250 MW Marsyangdi II project in Lamjung and Manang districts in the northwest Nepal, which is being undertaken by Indian hydropower giant GMR Consortium, has already been paralysed as the government has failed to provide security amid disruption by the Maoists. The cadres of the UCPN-Maoist have disrupted the preparation of the DPR of the Marsyangdi II, claiming that it was against Nepal's national interests.