Kathmandu, January 23
Construction works of the Sunkoshi Marin Diversion Multipurpose Project — which is being developed with an aim to provide irrigation facility to five droughtprone districts of Province 2 and also to generate 36 megawatts of electricity — will begin from the ongoing fiscal year.
After the government added the multi-billion-rupee project to the basket of national pride projects, hopes of its construction have gained momentum.
The Cabinet meeting on January 20 had decided to list the project as a national pride project.
Sushil Chandra Tiwari, joint secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI), informed that they are at the moment preparing to call the tender for the project. “The bid documents are about to be completed and the final verification process is ongoing,” he said, adding, the tender for the project will be issued within a month.
The project has completed the necessary initial works, such as feasibility study, environmental impact assessment study and detailed project report.
The project, which is estimated to cost Rs 83 billion, is located in Ramechhap and Sindhuli districts. The plan is to divert 67 cubic metres of water per second from the Sunkoshi River to the Bagmati River via Marin Khola of Sindhuli with an aim to irrigate an additional 122,000 hectares of land in R