Saturday, July 23, 2005


Next hearing on Sunday

Kathmandu, July 23-The hearing on the Melamchi Drinking Water Project (MDWP) has been scheduled for Sunday after the defending lawyers demanded that they be allowed to question all the three senior government engineers “according to the judicial practice”.
The royal commission bench on July 10 had directed the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works to form a committee of senior government engineers to calculate the cost of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project (MDWP) by studying its geographical situation and related documents. The committee had onlast submitted the report to the Commission.
The lawyers, who took the statement of one of the engineers, Shiva Raj Sharma, on Friday, demanded that they would take the statement of the other two engineers, Kamal Raj Pandey and Keshav Bahadur Thapa, who were summoned by the royal commission, but did not appear in RCCC.
Same as ,In investigation conducted by the Asian Development Bank has concluded that there was no evidence of irregularities and corruption in the contract awarding process of Melamchi Water Supply Project, according to reports.“Based on the assessment of the documents in its possession and the interviews carried out, OAGI (Integrity Division Investigation of the Office of the Auditor General) has not found or received any evidence of collusion or other corrupt or fraudulent practice among those involved in the bidding process for the MDS/ AAR/ 02 contract (Contract of the access road),” leading newspapers on Thursday quoted the internal ADB report – that has already been submitted to the Nepal government-- as saying.

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