Interaction with Stakeholders of the Arun-3 Project on Access Road Issues

KATHMANDU: The Office of the Investment Board of Nepal (OIBN) interacted with stakeholders of Arun-3 Project on December 16, 17 and 24 regarding compensation issues for the Chhyankuti-Diding access road to the Project. During the meeting held on December 16, former law makers representing Sankhuwasabha Mr. Taraman Gurung, Mr. Deepak Khadka and Mr. Dil Nath Giri were present. Similarly, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Mr. Ram Prasad Acharya, Joint Secretary at Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Mr. Chhabi Rijal and Under Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Mr. Keshab Kumar Upreti represented their respective ministries at the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, former members of the parliament Mr. Gurung and Mr. Khadka opined that local people should not demand compensation beyond the capacity of the project to pay stating that such trends would create adverse environment for the development of infrastructure projects in the country. Another former lawmaker, Mr. Giri expressed his view stating that development projects should not undermine the genuine demands of project affected people. Officials representing various ministries stressed the need to thoroughly study the issues before jumping to conclusions regarding the compensation for land along the access road.

OIBN’s CEO Mr. Maha Prasad Adhikari said the project has had a positive economic impact at the local level and sought support from the people’s representatives to resolve the issues and create a favorable environment for smoothly implementing the project. Similarly, another meeting was organized with Honorable Member of the Federal Parliament Mr. Rajendra Gautam and Mr. Pasang Sherpa, Chair of Chichila Rural Municipality on December 24, 2019.