March 5: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has claimed that the country will become self-reliant on food grains within the next five years.
He made such remarks while laying the foundation stone of the Sunkoshi Marin Diversion Multipurpose Project on Thursday (March 4) and added that the country will also be able to export them by that time.
The construction of the diversion project has been started with the aim of providing irrigation to 183,000 bigahas of land in five districts of the Terai (Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari and Dhanusha) and generating 31 MW of electricity. PM Oli said that once the irrigation facility is available, the food grains produced in those districts will not only be sufficient for Nepal and will also be in excess for export.
In a separate context, PM Oli also said that the government is now working on a plan to extend 4G service across the country through optical fiber.
The water of Sunkoshi from the project will be discharged into the Marin River at the rate of 67,000 liters per second. This water will then be released into the Bagmati River to provide irrigation facility. Under this project, a 158-meter long barrage, 150-meter long descending basin and 13.3 km long tunnel will be constructed from Khurkot of Sindhuli over the Sunkoshi River.
The electricity generated from the project will be connected to the national grid through a 44 km long transmission line through the substation at Nawalpur in Sarlahi. The project is expected to be complete in FY 2082/83.