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(English) Generating power from Holy Bagmati on the card

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Women performing religious practices on the banks of holy Bagmati river, near Pashupatinath Temple. File image:epa03403569 Nepalese women brush their teeth with 'Danti' – a holy stick, before taking a traditional holy bath to purify themselves to mark the Rishi Panchami festival at Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal, 20 September 2012. During a Rishi Panchami Nepalese women worship Sapta Rishi (seven saints), to ask for forgiveness for any sexual and religious sins committed during their monthly periods throughout the year. In Hindu religion, menstruation is taken as a symbol of impurity and women are not supposed to take part in religious practices and sexual activities during their periods. Thus, it is believed that Rishi Panchami is the occasion to wash off one's impurity for the whole year.  NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Women performing religious practices on the banks of holy Bagmati river, near Pashupatinath Temple. File image: Narendra Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nepal–The government of Nepal is all set to generate hydro power energy from Bagmati River. The decision is in line with the government’s plan to make the Himalayan nation free from power outage within three years.

The project site will be located in mountainous Makwanpur district, some 100 km south of the Capital Kathmandu.

As per the plan floated by the Energy Ministry, all of its available resources would be utilized to make best use of the energy generation.

In spite of rainy season, Nepal is spinning under an eight hours of daily load shedding.

A private power developer, Mandu Hydropower Company has already obtained the license from the Department of Electricity Development (DoED) for the project.

Multiple sources at the Ministry told that the company had already submitted environmental impact assessment report which hinted that it is viable to generate energy from Bagmati, which is considered as a holy river by the Hindus, with a number of Hindus temple located in the bank.

The generation license was issued for producing 20 MW energy within three years at a cost of around $42.3 million. The company will start construction within this year after doing its financial closure.

With the slogan “Brighter Nepal, Prosperous Nepal” in the Fiscal Year 2014/15 budget, the government of Nepal has given special priority to the power generation.

$131 million for the development of power plants and $135.5 million for the construction of transmission lines have been allocated.

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