Nepal Today

Friday, May 3, 2013

CHAIRMAN REGMI’S RESIGNATION AS CHIEF JUSTICE WILL HELP SAYS MADHAV KUMAR NEPAL Kathmandu, 3 May: Senior leader of the CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that it will be better if Chairman of interim election council of ministers Khil Raj Regmi resigned from the post of Chief Justice (CJ), RSS reports.. Addressing the opening session of the 11th district convention of Nepal National Teachers' Association in Katmandu here on Friday, former Prime Minister Nepal said many disputes would be resolved if Chairman Regmi quitted the CJ post. Chairman of the interim election government Regmi also holds the post of Supreme Court Chief Justice. He reasoned that special measures should be taken to avoid untoward weaknesses in the distribution of Nepali citizenship certificates and urged all the political parties opposing the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election to not foil the proposed poll. On different note, the CPN-UML leader said that investing in the sectors of education and health was the responsibility of the state. The convention will conclude on Saturday, electing a new leadership for the Association district body. nnnn FUTURE OF KALIGANDAKI GORGE POWER PROJECT UNCERTAIN Kathmandu, 3 May: The Kaligandaki Gorge Hydropower Project (164 Megawatt capacity) has been uncertain following dispute with the Electricity Development Department (EDD), RSS reports from Myagdi . Approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) could not be forwarded when the license of the project was not renewed for the last two and half years, said Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, Chairman of the Hydro Solution, Kathmandu. He expressed concern that the investors, who keep interest for the construction, might go back due to the uncertainty.He claimed that process of EIA and PPA for the construction of the project could not be forwarded due to the lingering on process from the EDD. It has been reported that the Nepali skill and knowledge would be used for the construction of the project that is to be constructed under the technical support of Hydro Solution, Kathmandu. Investors from India, USA and Canada, among other countries have shown interest to invest an estimated cost of Rs. 25 billion for the construction of the project. The project had acquired the land more than 300 ropanis and distributed Rs. 30 million as compensation. The project was targeted to conclude by 2014 constructing a dam at Ghansa of Mustang district and it is planned to construct powerhouse in Narchyang VDC of Myagdi district but is still uncertain. nnnn


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