September 30: The under-construction Rasuwagadhi hydropower project has witnessed delay in the installation of equipment due to sheer ignorance on part of the contractor company.
No equipment has been so far installed in the power house due to dilly-dallying of VOITH India, an Indian company responsible for equipment placement.
Project Chief Chhabi Gaire shared that they have repeatedly asked the Indian company to comply with the memorandum of understanding but to no avail.
The company was entrusted with the responsibility to accomplish the given works, including import and installation of equipment at a contract price of Rs 2.8 billion.
The 111-MW project requires a year-long time for installing the equipment in power house and so far 50 percent of the progress has to be made. However, it has resulted in the delay in the production of power from the project due to negligence of the contractor.
The equipment to be installed in the power house have been already stored in the project site and the installation would take momentum once the technical human resources are available. -- RSS