Probe committee to investigate into Solukhola hydel project incident

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Kathmandu: The government has formed a three-member probe committee on Tuesday to investigate the incident that occurred at Solukhola Dudhkoshi Hydropower Project on Monday.

The probe committee was formed under the coordination of Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Chiranjivi Chataut. According to the Ministry, two other members are yet to be assigned.

Energy Minister Pampha Bhusal had directed to forward the investigation immediately, expressing concerns over the incident.

Engineer Subas Raj Regmi and employee Arjun Thapa died while another one was injured when the penstock pipe of the Solukhola Dudhkosi Hydroelectricity Project burst in course of conducting test run on Monday. The 86-megawatt project is being promoted by Sahas Urja.

The accident occurred after the penstock pipe of the project burst in course of conducting a hydraulic test. The promoter company said the mishap happened while releasing water in the pipe to check its joints. This mishap has raised a question regarding the works carried out towards the project’s hydro-mechanical department.

Chief of Sahas Urja, Him Prasad Pathak, said that the project has started an investigation into the case internally and was carrying out treatment of the injured.