EIA of two industrial zones initiated

Published On: December 31, 2023 06:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

GANDAKI, Dec 31: Works have been initiated for conducting the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the industrial zones at Punditar of Kaski and at Lokahakhola of Nawalpur.

The Gandaki Province government announced the construction of these two projects six years back. Gaumukhi Engineering had the responsibility of conducting the EIA of these two projects.

An agreement to this effect was signed with the consultant company two weeks back and it has started its works, said Ram Prasad Acharya, chief of the Industry-Commerce Division at the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment of the Sudurpaschim government.

"The consulting firm has been given the responsibility of determining the area of work and preparing the list of works within one month, and submitting the preliminary report within two months and the final report within five months," he added.

According to Acharya, the provincial government has forwarded the works related to environmental impact assessment as the federal government does not provide the land for the industrial area until the EIA is conducted.

He shared that the construction of the industrial zones had not started since the land for the facilities could not be managed for many years since the industrial zones were declared.

Acharya said the proposal sent by the provincial government for acquiring land for the two projects has been pending at the Ministry of Forests and Environment of the federal government.

"The process of managing land would move ahead after the EIA reports are submitted. After that, the ministry will concentrate on constructing the infrastructures required for the industrial zones," he added.

As he said, the proposal sent by the provincial government has already reached the Ministry of Forests and Environment of the federal government and the Council of Ministers will make a decision to provide land for the industrial zones after getting the approval of the Ministry of Forests and Environment.

The provincial government has allocated Rs 25 million in this fiscal year for the construction of the industrial zones.



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