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Nepal Maoists Storm Indian Hydropower Office

Posted by D and I Consulting on April 19, 2011

The following piece from the Deccan Harald documents a direct action carried out by the Nepalese Maoists that demonstrate an increasingly heightened militancy.  India has for years swindled Nepal by unfair water contracts and has exploited Nepal’s natural resources for generations.

Nepal Maoists storm Indian hydropower office

Kathmandu, Apr 17 (PTI)

The Maoists in Nepal have stormed a function organised by an Indian hydropower major GMR and demanded the scraping of its project in the western part of the country, alleging it was against the interest of Nepalese.

Activists of Unified CPN-Maoist, the largest singly party and the main ally of the ruling CPN-UML coalition, Nepal Workers and Peasants’ Party and Rastriya Janamorcha disrupted the interaction programme organised by GMR.

No sooner had the staff finished presenting the progress report, the group started breaking and destroying items at the venue, including the projector, mike and banner, according to GMR sources.

The Indian company has undertaken the construction of the Upper Karnali project with 300 MW capacity. The government sanctioned the project to the company in 2008. GMR is presently conducting the preliminary survey and assessment of the project on the environment.

Later, UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Bharat Kumari Regmi and NWPP’s parliamentarian Jagya Bahadur Shahi said they would not allow the Indian company to continue the project “as it would not benefit the Nepali people”.

At a local meeting soon after the rampage, they demanded that the project be scrapped.
The Maoists have frequently targetted Indian joint ventures in Nepal.

In the past, Maoist supremo Prachanda has accused India of interfering in the affairs of the country.

The fresh attack on the Indian company comes ahead of a planned visit of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna. India has expressed concern in the past over attacks on Indian investment projects in Nepal.

Sources have said India is expected to raise the issue of security for Indian joint ventures in the country.

One Response to “Nepal Maoists Storm Indian Hydropower Office”

  1. Dharmendra Jha said

    The Upper Karnali Hydro Power Project of 300MW capacity awareded to GMR is a national SHAME for Nepalese people. With few additional cost and adopting storage type instead of RoR, this project can deliver 4000MW of electricity and erigate the whole of western part of Nepal. But the contract has been awarded only for few commission amount to fill the pocket of the dirty politicians. The project is against Nepal and Nepali people. People will not allow it to be another Bhatta Prasaul and Fukushima.

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