Writ filed at Supreme Court against Kaligandaki-Tinau Diversion Project

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Kathmandu: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday against Kaligandaki-Tinau Diversion Multipurpose Project.

Advocates Tulasiram Pokharel, Ram Bahadur Shahi, and Santosh Bhandari moved the apex court with the writ demanding to halt the project. They have argued that the project will affect millions of locals in Gandaki Province and the river basin. The writ also claims that the diversion project is against the essence of federalism.

The project has been highlighted after Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel inaugurated the office of the project at a function held in Butwal on Saturday.

The project aims to irrigate 107,000 hectares of land in Lumbini and generate 125 MW of electricity by diverting 80 percent of the water of Kaligandaki River to Tinau River.