KATHMANDU: The government has formed an inquiry committee to investigate the recent vandalism and arson by local groups at facilities of the 35 MW-Nyasim Khola hydropower project being constructed in Sindhupalchowk district.The panel is headed by Suman Ghimire, the joint secretary of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Other officials of the committee include Senior Divisional Engineer Baburaj Adhikari of the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation, Chief District Officer of Sindhupalchowk Nirajan Shrestha, and Police Superintendent of Kathmandu Police Office Ranipokhari, Basudev Khatiwada. Independent Power Producers’ Association, Nepal (IPPAN) Vice President Ganesh Karki and Home Ministry Under Secretary Kalpana Ghimire are also members of the team.
On February 27, a group of local people attacked staff and vandalized and set on fire the facilities of the project which is being constructed by Sita Hydropower Company in Jugal Rural Municipality-3. The committee is assigned to submit a report with recommendations for bringing those involved in criminal activities to justice and make arrangements for compensation to the victims and security for the project.
Locals were enraged after the death of a girl due to an electrical accident in the village. The promoter company of the project has claimed that it suffered a financial loss of more than Rs120 million in the incident.