NEPALGUNJ, April 29: The Banke District Court has sent 18 land revenue officials of Banke and Bardiya districts to judicial custody. They had been arrested on the charge of transferring the ownership of huge chunks of land belonging to the Sikta Irrigation Project to private ownership through forgery.
KATHMANDU, April 26: The government has decided to repair the damaged sections of the Sikta Irrigation Project. Many sections of the canal had crumbled before the project's completion due to poor construction and negligence by the contractor.
NEPALGUNJ, April 17: A recent investigation carried out by Nepal Police has revealed that land mafia were involved in transferring government land worth millions of rupees into private property in collusion with officials of the Land Revenue Office (LRO).
BANKE, Dec 20: Soil scientists from Britain and Australia have concluded that the dike on a section of the western main canal of the Sikta Irrigation Project had caved in due to the permeable earth used for constructing the same.
NEPALGUNJ, July 25: The main canal of the multi-billion rupees Sikta Irrigation Project has broken down again on Monday night. The project, which is one of the high priority projects of the government, broke down while undergoing quality check.
KATHMANDU, June 27: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has threatened to stop its financial support for the under-construction Sikta Irrigation Project in Banke as the contractor didn’t carry out the construction work as per the deadline.
KATHMANDU, July 14: Though it has already been two weeks since a canal of Sikta Irrigation Project crumbled, the government neither knows the reason behind the collapse, nor is clear about its future move on the issue.
BANKE, July 4:Locals of Mahadevpuri-5 in Banke district say they have been spending sleepless nights in fear of potential flooding since the main canal under the Sikta Irrigation Project crumbled last Tuesday.