Work stoppage at 5 hydroelectric projects in Nepal

Local reports indicate unofficial blockades at border points in India and transportation strikes in the Tarai, a region of northern India and southern Nepal running parallel to the lower ranges of the Himalayas, have prevented fuel delivery to several hydroelectric construction sites in Lamjung, Nepal.

Work has stopped at five hydroelectric projects because fuel is unavailable to power construction apparatus. The sites include: 50-MW Upper Marshyangdi-A at Bhulghule; 3-MW Tallo Midim at Midim Khola; 28-MW Supardordi; 49-MW Tallo Dordi; and 25-MW Upper Dordi-A, according to local sources.

The Upper Marsyandi-A hydroelectric facility was scheduled to begin generating power this month, but because the lack of fuel has halted construction, the project start date has been extended six months.

Chief District Officer Mohan Akela said daily, 10,000 liters of diesel and 5,000 liters of gasoline are needed, but the district is only receiving about 1,500 liters of diesel fuel deliveries each day.

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for

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