Kathmandu, May 8
A meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under parliament on Tuesday instructed the government to forward the construction work of the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project for completing the project at a cost price on time.
Realizing that the project has been delayed due to managerial weaknesses, the meeting also directed the Ministry of Energy, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), investors and other concerned bodies to hold a meeting of board of directors within a week to solve the existing disputes concerning appointment of management and declaration of the terms of reference.
Similarly, PAC meeting also asked the government to submit the monthly progress report to the committee by implementing the earlier PAC instruction.
Similarly, PAC also directed the government to depute the employees, experts, consultants and contractors in the field within a week.
During the meeting, the lawmakers underscored the need for paying due attention to the completion of the construction of national pride projects being built with domestic funding.
The 456-MW hydropower project based in the Dolakha district is the first large project to be constructed with internal resources.
The construction of project had begun almost a year back. The project is expected to be completed by 2017. The total estimated cost of the project is around Rs.31.8 billion.
Hariram Koirala, Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Tikaram B.C, acting executive director of the NEA, Sunil Dhungel, chief of the project, and representatives from the Nepal Telecom, Citizen Investment Trust and Employees Provident Fund.