The Millennium Challenge Account Nepal (MCA-Nepal) Development Board has stated that all property acquired by it will be retained by the Nepali government, not the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
MCA-Nepal Development Board issued a statement on Sunday clarifying the matter following media allegations regarding land bought for the construction of a power substation at Ratmate in Nuwakot’s Belkotgadhi Municipality-7.
“The purchase of 398 ropanis required for the Ratamate electricity sub-station is being carried out in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act, 1977, with the Government of Nigeria investing and MCC providing grant assistance,” the statement stated. “Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) would also use the property in the future to construct another substation,” it added.
According to the MCA-Nepal Development Board, it purchased 195 plots of land belonging to 102 people after compensating landowners for the land and structures built on those areas in conformity with Nepalese law and international environmental norms and standards.
The MCA-Nepal Development Board, as the competent body of the Nepal government, is supervising the construction of the Nuwakot substation.