Rs 10 million meant for polytechnic institute in Makawanpur frozen


Himalayan News Service

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Ten million rupees allocated by the government for a polytechnic institute in Hetauda has been frozen. The governments of Nepal and India had signed an understanding six years ago to establish a polytechnic institute as a joint venture project. 

When the government was being led by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, he had signed a deal with India to set up polytechnic infrastructure. 

It is said, the Indian government had pledged to invest Rs 65 crores, but unfortunately, this year too, the neighbour did not release the budget.

Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (CTEVT) Hetauda Chief Til Bahadur Ranabhat said they could not spend the fund allotted by Nepal government after the Indian government banned the construction of structures, saying that infrastructure would be built in accordance with the Indian consultant’s design. Ranabhat said that construction of structures would begin from next year.

A topographic survey for the polytechnic’s structures has been completed and the environmental impact evaluation has ended. 

The polytechnic institute will be built at Sallaghari forest area belonging to Chitrepani Polytechnic Community Forest Consumers’ Committee.

The polytechnic aims to prepare technical manpower required for industries and factories. 

The institute will provide a three-year Diploma course in Electronics, Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Source: The Himalayantimes, published in July 7