Gyanveer Singh, Second Secretary in the Embassy of India, Kathmandu and Rajesh Poudel, Local Development Officer, Jumla and Bishnu Bahadur Budthapa, Chairman, User Committee Chandannath Municipality, Jumla signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for reconstruction and renovation of the Small Hydro power plant at Chandannath Municipality in Jumla District.
MP Lalit Jung Shahi was also present there. The project would be funded by the Government of India to the tune of NRs 26.37 million under its Small Development Program Scheme as part of India–Nepal Economic Cooperation Program.
According to a press release issued by Indian Embassy, the Small Hydro Power Plant in Chandannath Municipality of the remote district of Jumla was built in 1983 by Nepal Electricity Authority. However, the power plant suffered damage during the insurgency period and was operating at sub-optimal capacity resulting in frequent power cuts and electricity problems in the municipality. At the request of the User Committee of the small hydropower plant the Government of India is supporting reconstruction and renovation of the power-plant benefitting more than 20,000 people of the municipality.
This is Government of India’s second project in this remote district. Erstwhile, the Government of India supported construction of Chandannath Higher Secondary School with a total financial assistance of NRs 24.90 Million. Apart from this, in the past, 03 ambulances have also been gifted to different health organizations in the district.