New entity planned to aid land acquisition process

Dec 28, 2016- The Energy Ministry has been mulling establishing an entity to help the Budhi Gandaki Hydroelectric Project Development Committee in land acquisition and rehabilitation of locals who will be displaced by the 1,200 MW scheme.

The proposed body will work with the project development committee and help it to acquire land and resettle the residents, according to the Energy Ministry.

The entity will be headed by a coordinator and consist of experts. Last week, the ministry published a wanted notice for the post of coordinator while the specialists will be picked directly by the government.

“After the organization is formed, the development of Budhi Gandaki Hydro will be expedited,” said Gokarna Raj Pantha.

Presenting the budget statement for this fiscal year, the finance minister had mentioned forming a separate entity headed by a joint secretary-level official to speed up land acquisition and resettlement of the residents.

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