KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal laid the foundation stone for the construction of a canal named 'Khokana Rajkulo Muhan' amidst a special function held on Sunday.
The construction of the project at Nakkhu river in Lalitpur Metropolitan City-21 will use a new technology. The Khokana Rajkulo irrigation system, operational for around 300 years, was managed by chiefs of the village. Now the Khokana Rajkulo management committee is overseeing it.
The project is expected to help irrigate around 10,000 ropanis of lands at Chhampi, Thecho, Bungmati, Bhaisepati and Khokana, directly benefiting around 7,000 people from approximately 2,000 families.
Responding to demands of the local people, the ministry for the fiscal year, 2021/22 allocated Rs 13 million for the conservation of the water source and Rs 4 million for the construction of a canal.
On the occasion, Minister Bhusal urged the local people to generate income through agricultural production by saving the fertile land instead of plotting them for sale. Stating that Khokana, primarily known for mustard oil, is also rich in culture and agriculture, she directed the authorities to complete the project in time.