Kathmandu: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar
Nepal on Thursday slammed the Maoists for obstructing works on the
600 MW Upper Marsyangdi project in Western Nepal, a
hydro-power scheme developed by Indian energy giant GMR.
Nepal asked the Maoists not to disrupt works on the
Upper Marsyangdi Power Project in Lamjung district of Western
India`s GMR Energy Consortium has been carrying out
survey works on the project. He asked the Maoists not to put
obstacle on any development works and not to mix politics in
Nepal, however assured that the government is
committed to maintain peace and security in the project site.
Upper Marsyangdi is one of the major hydro-power
projects being developed in Nepal by the Indian energy giant.
Prior to this the Maoists have threatened to halt the
works at 300 MW Upper Karnali, also being developed by GMR.
GMR is working to prepare Detailed Project Report of
the project. Nepal is currently suffering from acute power
shortage and the country is facing daily eleven power outage.
At present around 1 million people have been employed
in the handicraft sector and Nepal currently exports
handicrafts worth Rs 2 billion to foreign countries.
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.