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SC vacates stay order on Upper Karnali Project; CIAA files cases against 6 NTC Officials


KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has given green signal for the construction of the 900 MW Upper Karnali Hydro-power Project.

Acting upon a writ petition filed by Gorakh Bahadur BC, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma and Justice Prakash Osti vacated the stay order following today’s hearing clearing the way for mega power project.

KC filed the writ challenging the construction of the largest hydro-power project in the country. The Maoist cadres have been creating obstacle to the project in the name of nationality. However the project is considered as the milestone for the development of hydro-power sector in the country. Earlier the Independent Power Producers of Nepal have urged the government to clear way for construction of the power project.

“The disputes raised by the writ petitioners shall be decided after the final hearing, hence there was no need to continue the temporary stay order issued on July 23,” the bench observed.

Citing the seriousness of the issue, the bench issued a priority order for the final hearing on the writ to be conducted within 15 days of the registration of written explanations by the defendant government authorities. The apex court has sought explanations from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Department of Electricity Development, GMR Upper Karnali Hydropower Ltd and GMR Consortium on why they went ahead with the hydropower project ignoring questions raised by the locals over the construction of the project.

The apex court had stayed the implementation of the Detailed Engineering Report and the Project Development Agreement signed for development of the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project.

Similarly, public interest litigation was filed by Chakra Bahadur Roka and other locals from Dailekh, Bajura, Dang, Baitadi, Jumla and Salyan. They argued that the project infringed upon the rights of the locals to take a decision on development of the region and serve the interests the multinational company, GMR Ltd, at the expense of locals’ interests.

In another development, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against six officials of the Nepal Telecom (NTC).

The anti-graft body filed a case against senior engineers Rajendra Maharjan, Ram Naresh Singh Kunwar, Anil Kumar Acharya and assistant engineers Srikrishna Bhujel and Bhaikrishna Maharjan accusing of bribing Rs. 5, 11, 88, 670.90 by submitting a fake report to the NTC while procuring Air Conditioning Equipments for the company. According to a statement issued by the CIAA on Monday, the CIAA has demanded to penalize those officials arresting them as soon as possible. In recent days the anti-graft body has become active.

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