Himal Lamsal

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Dharahara reconstruction slows down after premature inauguration

Published On: November 25, 2021 04:22 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli hastily inaugurated Dharahara on April 24 without the completion of construction of all the infrastructure. Prior to Oli's inauguration, more than 400 workers worked day and night to complete the construction of the tower.

Using electric stove cheaper than cooking gas: Study

Published On: November 19, 2021 01:09 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Using an electric stove is 65 percent cheaper than LPG in the kitchen. However, due to lack of uninterrupted supply of electricity, the interest of the ordinary public toward induction cookers has not increased.

Reconstruction of Melamchi Project unlikely anytime soon, govt looks for alternatives to supply water in Kathmandu Valley

Published On: November 15, 2021 03:27 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Instead of rebuilding the much-talked-about Melamchi Drinking Water Project, which was damaged by the floods and landslides a few months ago, the government has put forward two new options. This has created confusion whether the project will be repaired anytime soon.

Construction of overhead bridge in New Baneshwor completed two years later than scheduled deadline

Published On: October 24, 2021 11:23 AM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The construction of an overhead truss bridge at Baneshwor Chowk, a busy road section in the capital city, has been completed almost two years after the scheduled deadline. The bridge came into operation almost two years behind schedule due to the delay by the contractor company and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dedicated trunk line dispute: Go through review if arrears are not paid

Published On: August 6, 2021 01:00 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, August 6: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has advised the industrialists and businessmen to pay the arrears for consuming electricity from the trunk line and dedicated feeder or go through the legal process for a review. According to NEA, the industrialists and businessmen have not paid around Rs 10 billion for electricity from trunk lines and dedicated feeders.

Melamchi's Rs 51 billion investment at risk

Published On: August 3, 2021 10:59 AM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, August 3: About 51 billion rupees investment in the Melamchi Drinking Water Project is at risk due to floods and landslides in the Melamchi river basin. The upper part of the headworks of the Ambathan-based project has been damaged due to continuous floods and landslides.

Work on damaged Melamchi Project to begin after two months

Published On: July 23, 2021 03:16 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, July 23: The government has prepared an action plan to start repairing the damaged Melamchi Drinking Water Project after two months.

Govt waives fines for vehicles during the prohibitory period

Published On: July 15, 2021 12:14 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, July 15: The federal government has decided to waive the fines for vehicles during the prohibitory period imposed for the control and prevention of COVID-19.

Floods and landslides block 31 road sections

Published On: June 18, 2021 11:00 AM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, June 18: Roads in 31 places across the country have been blocked due to the floods and landslides till Thursday evening. Of them, 15 road sections have been brought into one-way operation.

Floods and landslides damages 26 hydropower projects, multiple road sections

Published On: June 17, 2021 09:04 AM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, June 17: The floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall have caused physical damage of around Rs 3 billion. It is estimated that the under construction 44 MW Super Madi Hydropower Project in Madi of Kaski alone has caused a loss of over Rs 1 billion.

Over 6,000 infrastructure projects affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Published On: May 23, 2021 04:04 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, May 21: The second wave of COVID-19 has directly affected over 6,000 infrastructure projects.

9% progress in Nagdhunga-Sisne Khola Tunnel Project

Published On: March 12, 2021 12:20 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, March 12: The construction of the Nagdhunga-Sisne Khola Tunnel started from three sections on December 23. The work is being carried out 24 hours a day.

480 million rupees spent to decorate Prime Minister’s Office

Published On: February 23, 2021 12:25 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The government has spent 480 million rupees to decorate the main administrative building, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) at Singha Durbar.

National pride projects spend less than 10 percent of allocated budget

Published On: February 15, 2021 03:09 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: The national pride projects that the government has given high priority to have spent less than 10 percent of the total allocated budget in the first six months of the current fiscal year.

Import of electric vehicles shrinks 88 percent

Published On: January 24, 2021 12:46 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses, the government's decision to increase excise duty and customs duty on electric vehicles has had a direct impact on their import.

Foreign investment worth Rs 515 billion pledged in energy sector

Published On: January 20, 2021 01:35 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Foreign investors have pledged an investment of Rs 515 billion in projects related to the hydropower and energy sector. But the stakeholders have failed to bring in the investment as pledged by foreign investors.

Nepal to export 30 MW electricity to India

Published On: December 20, 2020 01:19 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Nepal is preparing to export 30 MW of electricity to India from next June.

Who pocketed nine billion rupees commission in Budhi Gandaki Project?

Published On: October 15, 2020 11:22 AM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

Four governments and four new decisions in the past eight years, Budhi Gandaki Project stands nowhere close to starting the construction works yet.

Travellers suffer as contractors continue to delay maintenance of Putalisadak and Chabahil-Jorpati-Sankhu roads

Published On: October 12, 2020 08:33 PM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Travellers have been suffering because of the sorry state of the major road segments in the Putalisadak and Chabahil-Jorpati-Sankhu areas of Kathmandu. The roads in these areas have remained pathetic for months now, posing serious problems to commuters.

Kathmandu-Tarai fast track achieves 11 pc physical progress in three years

Published On: October 9, 2020 10:26 AM NPT By: Himal Lamsal

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: The Kathmandu-Tarai/Madhesh Fast Track project, which is listed as a national pride project, has achieved a very minimum physical progress.