UPPER TAMAKOSHI: In Chaos

After successfully meeting all deadlines, Upper Tamakoshi is facing major hurdles in its 3-year construction period

March 23, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 08 No.- 18 March. 20 - 2015 (chaitra 6, 2071)

Just a week after a protest by local people demanding more shares in Upper Tamakoshi, laborers working in the project finally called a strike demanding their share in the project.

Constructed under the model of community, public and private partnership, the 457 MW Upper Tamakoshi Project has made a great progress in the last three years, completing almost 70 percent of works.

However, the recent disturbance in the project area will delay its completion. Backed by political parties led Trade Unions, laborers working in the project sites demanded their share of the project as other employees.

All the negotiating settlements failed due to hard stand taken by the laborers working in the project. The company issued a public notice demanding end to the strike called by labor unions.

Just after the issuance of its shares to employees, the labor unions came out with demands stalling the work completely, creating the problems. However, Managing Director Bigyan Shrestha has been making efforts to break the strike.

As the project has shut down for four consecutive days, the project has suffered a loss. If this kind of disturbance continues, it will increase the cost of the project. The time has come for the government to act against such anarchists, otherwise nobody will come to invest in Nepal.

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