Karnali, December 10
With the completion of the second phase of works related to the Bheri-Babai Diversion Project, the third phase of works has begun.
The second phase of works was related to civil construction while the third phase includes hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical works, according to the information officer at the project, Lekhnath Subedi.
The national pride project with an estimated cost of over Rs 36.8 billion has achieved 49 per cent of physical progress and 38.24 per cent of fiscal progress so far, shares Subedi.
An agreement for the hydro-mechanical works has been inked while e-bidding for electro-mechanical works is in the process, he informs.
The project aims to divert water from the Bheri river to Babai and irrigate 51,000 hectares of farmland in Banke and Bardiya districts through a 12.2-kilometre tunnel.
The multipurpose project, expected to be completed by 2023, will also generate 48 megawatts of electricity, according to the project.