GMR to spend Rs 1.44b to develop affected area

SURKHET, June 19: GMR Group, the Indian developer of the Upper Karnali Project, will spend Rs 1.44 billion for the development of the project-affected area, the company disclosed at Daub, the project site in Dailekh district, Sunday.

A 30-bed hospital, a higher secondary school and a technical school will be constructed in the affected area. Assistance will be provided for infrastructure and for procuring medicines necessary for increasing access by locals from the affected area to health services.

The company has also developed a five-tier criteria for priority in employment during the construction period. The company will give priority to people of badly-affected households, affected households, affected VDCs, affected districts and other Nepalis in descending order while providing jobs at the project.

Assistant Manager at the company´s Surkhet Office Pradeep Nepal said the project´s environmental impact assessment report will be ready within two months and construction of the proposed facilities would start once the government approves the report.

The company said that 46.85 hectares of private land has to be acquired for the project and 236 households will be affected. Fifty-five of the households will lose their homes while the others will lose their land.

The project will affect people of Sattala, Sagoudi, Layata, Nepa, Naulekatwal and Khadkawada VDCs in Dailekh, Raniban, Bhairavsthan and Rahaf in Achham, and Pokharikanda, Salkot and Chhapre in Surkhet district.KALENDRA SEJUWAL

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