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Few pride projects make desired progress

January 06, 2018

The Himalayan Times, 6 Jan 2018 

Despite prioritising 21 mega projects as National Pride Projects to expedite their construction process, the progress of most NPPs in the first quadrimester of the current fiscal has been less than satisfactory.

According to National Planning Commission — the apex planning body of the country — the performance of only four projects out of the 21 was satisfactory with achievement of more than 80 per cent progress in the review period.

Bheri-Babai Diversion Multi-purpose Project recorded 135.4 per cent progress, Babai Irrigation Project recorded 91.5 per cent, Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project achieved 90.9 per cent and Rani Jamara Kulariya Irrigation Project saw 80.7 per cent of its works completed during the first four months of the fiscal.

At the other end of the spectrum, Second International Airport and West Seti Hydropower Project made nil physical and financial progress in the review period.

The implementing modality of SIA is yet to be finalised, while Nepal Electricity Authority signed a joint venture agreement to construct West Seti Hydropower Project with China Three Gorges Corporation only on November 17. Kathmandu-Tarai-Madhes Expressway Project also saw negligible progress.

Tulasi Prasad Gautam, spokesperson for NPC, said Koshi Highway recorded 15 per cent achievement, Kaligandaki Corridor Project recorded 12 per cent and Pokhara Regional International Project achieved five per cent progress during the review period.

At a glance
Project Achievement
Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project 0.60%
Melamchi Drinking Water Project 65.70%
Pashupati Area Development Trust 20%
Lumbini Area Development Trust 53%
President Chure Conservation Project 55.30%
Mid-hill highway 35%
Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track Negligible
North-South Koshi Corridor 15%
Postal Highway (including bridges) 25%
Railway, Metrorail and Monorail Development Project 22%
Babai Irrigation Project 91.50%
Sikta Irrigation Project 71.80%
Rani Jamara Kulariya Irrigation 80.70%
Bheri-Babai Multipurpose Project 135.40%
Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower 90.90%
South Asia Tourism Reform Project (Gautam Buddha Airport) 28.30%
Pokhara Regional International Airport 5%
Second International Airport (Nijgadh) 0%
West Seti Hydro Power 0%
North-South Kaligandaki Corridor 12%
North-South Karnali Corridor 50%

During the 41st meeting of the National Development Action Committee today, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba directed the concerned ministers, secretaries and agencies to accelerate capital expenditure and reconstruction process.

Deuba added that development activities had been affected due to elections and should be accelerated. “We have seen that progress of most of the prioritised projects is extremely slow, and this situation should be rectified soon,” he added.

Finance Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said development activities had not gathered momentum though the government had reframed policies regarding budget spending.

“Ministries tend to delay approval process of development projects for months, which has adversely affected government’s expenditure on mega projects,” he said, adding that it is ironical that files seeking extra budget have been piling up at the finance ministry while the concerned agencies were unable to spend the budget allocated for projects.

Vice Chairman of NPC Swarnim Wagle also said development-related works should be expedited with proper coordination and cooperation between multiple government agencies to achieve the target of economic growth and prosperity.

Source: https://thehimalayantimes.com/business/pride-projects-make-desired-progress/