Our country can easily meet for a very long time our demand for electricity by implementing medium-sized hydropower projects in conjunction with solar and other sources of inexpensive energy generation without resorting to costly large storage dam projects, like the Burhi-Gandaki, West Seti etc often embroiled in course of construction in various types of disputes resulting into indefinite delay and unexpected heavy cost overrun.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Dec 22, 2019
At present Kathmandu valley is suffering from acute water shortage. Ever increasing mining of the ground water in the valley is greatly feared to have disastrous environmental consequences. According to the UNDP report the additional water supply from the long awaited Melamchi project is going to be insufficient to meet the demand for water in the valley.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Oct 25, 2019
“China is more willing to give market access to India than ever before,” a spokes person for the Ministry of Commerce has said, pointing to increased access for products such as rice, fruits and vegetables, with potential for greater exports of pharmaceuticals and automobile components to China.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Oct 01, 2019
There are four hydro projects described in the Gandak Basin Master Plan, which are located near the confluence of the Andhi Khola and Kali-Gandaki ……. They are (1) Kali-Gandaki 1 ; (2) Kali-Gandaki 2; (3) Kali-Gandaki A; and (4) Kali-Gandaki Tinau Diversion Project.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Aug 27, 2019
From the view point of navigation the Gandak waterway can be divided into the following four sections. Deoghat-Tribeni Section (78 km), Tribeni-Bagaha Section (50 km), Bagha-Mallahi Section, Mallahi-Confluence
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Apr 01, 2019
The multipurpose Kosi Project that includes all above mentioned three components is extremely important for our country. Needless to say that all components of this multipurpose project must be implemented in a way to fully serve the interest of our country or else it could even prove to be a curse to our country.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Mar 04, 2019
It appears that the mammoth Burhi-Gandaki High Dam Project is proposed to be implemented turning a blind eye to our country's legitimate share in the vast irrigation and flood control benefits accruing to India, which could even surpass power benefit, despite the fact that the previous BJP government of India had constituted a high level commission under then Minister Suresh Prabhu to recommend royalty to be paid by India to Nepal for regulated water discharged after power generation in our country.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Feb 09, 2019
The detailed feasibility study of the Kankai storage dam project carried out for the generation of electricity to meet the domestic demand and also for irrigation of lands exclusively within Nepalese territory clearly proves that the downstream benefits can be many times greater than the power benefit. Background information on the Kankai storage dam project is presented hereinafter.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Oct 13, 2018
"HMG shall have every right to withdraw for irrigation and for any other purpose in Nepal water from the Kosi river and from the Sun-Kosi river or within the Kosi basin from any other tributaries of the Kosi river as may be required from time to time. The Union ( it indicates India ) shall have the right to regulate all the balance of supplies in the Kosi river at the barrage site thus available from time to time and to generate power in the Eastern Canal."
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Sep 08, 2018
China’s Ministry of Transport has announced that it intends to double its investment on waterways construction to US$ 30.5 billion over the next five years. Similarly, France too has announced that it intends to build 66-mile-long super canal to link Paris waterway to a canal network in northern France and the Low Countries at a cost of US$ 6.5 billion.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa May 26, 2018
The use of the Kosi canal for navigation instead of the natural river course would allow Nepal to develop this very important waterway on a par with the waterways that exist in Europe and America that would be suitable for operation of river/sea vessels.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa May 03, 2018
It would not be practical to use the channel of our main rivers for the development of large scale navigation because of steep gradient and heavy withdrawal of water for irrigation throughout the lengthy non-monsoon season rendering a long stretch of the river downstream already built barrages virtually dry. However, we can follow the example of the Switzerland, where a multi-purpose canal has been built to develop inland navigation in upper reach of the Rheine river, which is not suitable for the development of commercially viable large scale navigation.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Apr 22, 2018
The General Theory of Relativity has completely changed our understandings of the Universe. It is one of the towering achievements of the 20th-century physics. It explains that the force of gravity arises from the curvature of space and time.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Dec 09, 2017
Our biggest success in dealing with India is the revision of the Kosi Treaty in 1966. The 1966 Revised Kosi Treaty has granted our country absolute right to use entire Sun-Kosi and Kosi river waters for coming 199 years without prejudice to existing (Hanumannagar Kosi barrage project) as well as future uses in India.
By Dr. A.B. Thapa Sep 10, 2017