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Troubled GMR’s operation resumes: Menon

India’s leading infrastructure development company GMR has resumed work at its hydro power project site in eastern Nepal, which was disrupted by locals, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said in Kathmandu.

world Updated: Feb 19, 2009 10:36 IST

India’s leading infrastructure development company GMR has resumed work at its hydro power project site in eastern Nepal, which was disrupted by locals, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

“I believe that works in the GMR project have resumed at its project site located in eastern Nepal,” Menon said at the end of his two-day visit to Himalayan nation. “The problems have been put behind.”

The villagers have stopped work at GMR Energy’s 300MW Upper Karnali hydro power project site in eastern Nepal since Sunday.

GMR Energy, which pipped other Indian rivals to bag the hydro power project contract last year, plunged into trouble after local people stopped work, arguing that they should be benefited from the implementation of the project.

The project site covers three districts of eastern Nepal, Dailekh, Achham and Surkhet, stronghold of the ruling Maoists.

Menon said it is not only the concern of India but also of the Nepalese authorities, who have assured us to create conducive atmosphere for enabling Indian joint ventures to function normally in the country. “Together with the Nepalese authorities, we hope to deal with issues like this.”

According to media reports, the obstruction caused a loss of Nepali Rs 10 million per day to the company.