Biratnagar Jute Mills
These days, there is a Left government and the board directors of the Biratnagar Jute Mills were appointed by the very Communist government. Those directors, who were assigned to run the factory, have already disposed the factory’s machines/equipment at a very low price and now they are developing a plan to capture the valuable land belonging to the Mill. The land is priced at billions of rupees, therefore, the board directors have found developing a plan not to run the factory, but to capture the valuable land owned by the factory.
The Mill is a factory having historical significance but the corrupt people are trying to dispose this historic asset of the country, just like others have done in different other government institutions. It is reported that even the land of Sajha Yatayat was trying to be turned into private property of a certain person who looked after the organization.
Minister Raghubir Mahaseth
Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation, Raghubir Mahaseth himself is a businessman. He is one of the major share holders of the Lhotse Multipurpose Company, which has captured the Gangabu Bus-park, the property of the Kathmandu Metropolis Corporation.
The Lhotse Company has constructed a business complex in the bus-park premises, which is against the agreement it signed with the Municipality.
What to do if the minister of a strong government is concerned with his business! The CIAA has also given consent on the illegal structure inside the bus-park.
Where is Budhigandaki project?
The Electricity Authority paid 22 billion rupees to its Indian counterpart for the use of electricity in Nepal. We could save such a huge amount of money if we had thought about producing electricity from our rivers.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, with the commitment of constructing the Budhigandaki reservoir model project by the government itself, had started to collect five rupees from each litre of petro-products.
The Nepali people, consumers of petro-products, without any objection, are paying the Budhigandaki tax even today. But when the government is going to start construction of the project, we don’t know. Timely construction of the project would end Nepal’s dependency on electricity with India.
Perhaps the government authorities could be aware that without construction of reservoir projects, we cannot be self reliant on electricity. Since the construction of the Kulekhani hydropower project, no other reservoir project has been constructed. The benefit of the reservoir project is that during the dry season, we can get electricity as well as water for irrigation. But as we have relied on all the run of the river projects which are generating electricity, during the dry season, we have acute shortage of electricity and during the rainy season, we have a surplus of electricity. To balance the electricity demand, we need reservoir projects like Budhigandaki.
Whether we are keen to permanently end shortage of electricity and permanently end the import of electricity from abroad, no one has any idea!