Lack of human assets hits irrigation mission

Irrigation project elates farmers


Lack of workers has affected development work of Sikta Irrigation Challenge, a nationwide glory mission.

The mission has been struggling attributable to lack of technicians equivalent to surveyors wanted to establish the land required for development of the primary canal and for fixing compensation for such lands.

Based on a mission supply, positions for 2 senior divisional engineers wanted to organize a design estimate of the constructions to be developed after buying the land have been vacant for the previous six months.

The positions of mechanical engineers wanted to function the mission’s head field and the ultra-modern technology-equipped management room have additionally been vacant for years.

“As we lack technical manpower equivalent to ‘amin’, surveyors and senior divisional engineers, work on the mission has failed to achieve momentum,” stated mission Chief Lok Bahadur Thapa. “Although we’ve got the required finances, we don’t have sufficient manpower, which has additionally elevated the associated fee,” he added.

For the development of department canal from the western major canal, the mission has to accumulate 100 hectares land in locations equivalent to Guruwagaun, Duduwa, Akalgharuwa, Gohawa, Parsenipur and Pedari. Attributable to lack of manpower, solely 13 hectares land was demarcated and 160 million rupees was paid as compensation to the landowners involved final yr.

The mission envisions buying 60 hectares extra land for the department canal from the western major canal and offering over one billion rupees in compensation this yr, however lack of manpower is prone to have an effect on mission work. Lack of manpower for the nationwide glory mission is attributed to normal unwillingness amongst Irrigation Division staffers to be deployed for the mission after the Fee for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority filed a case towards the mission’s former chief and 10 different staffers in a corruption case.

The mission initially stipulated finishing the duty seven years in the past, however solely 65 per cent work has progressed up to now. Initially estimated to price 12.7 billion rupees, properly over 16.97 billion rupees has been spent up to now with 35 per cent work nonetheless remaining.

A model of this text seems in e-paper on September 15, 2020, of The Himalayan Occasions.

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