Nepal govt asks Maoists not to obstruct the works of GMR
Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010, 22:31
Kathmandu: Nepal government has asked the Maoists not to obstruct the work by an Indian firm-led consortium on the 300 MW Upper Karnali hydro-power project and assured to provide conducive environment at the site.

Ministry of Energy in a statement today asked the concerned groups not to obstruct the construction work of GMR-Energy at Upper Karnali power project saying that it may discourage foreign investors in Nepal.

"As the project is very much beneficial for Nepal, it should not be obstructed," Minister for Energy Prakash Sharan Mahat said, adding: "The government is committed to creating conducive atmosphere at the project site."

"The government is concerned about the security of the foreign investor and committed for smooth functioning of the project," Mahat told agency.

The Maoists have recently asked the GMR to halt its work and leave the site, saying that the project is heavily in India's interest at the cost of Nepal.

The local people and representatives of various political parties have condemned the Maoists' act of obstructing the project saying that the halting of the works may adversely affect the community works being carried out by GMR in the area for the benefit of the local people.

Earlier, GMR had sent a letter to the government and sought its help in the matter.

GMR is currently engaged in preparing the Detail Project Report of the Upper Karnali. The project that is expected to be completed in 2016. It would supply 12 per cent of the total power free of cost to Nepal.


First Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 22:31

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