Electricity lights up village, UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert inaugurates micro hydro project

08 Nov 2007

imageElectricity lights up village, UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert inaugurates micro hydro project

The UN Under Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator Mr. Ad Melkert visited Nepal from 6-8 November.

Mr. Melkert jointly with the Member of the National Planning Commission, Mr. Rama Kanta Gauro inaugurated the 42 kilo watt micro hydro project in Bhimgithe Village Development Committee of Baglung district - supported by UNDP Rural Energy Development Programme. 
“I am very happy to see that UNDP rural energy development programme has been able to reach people living in such a remote area. Even more interesting is the community participation and effort to bring electricity to the village. It gives great satisfaction to see the visible changes brought in the lives of the people”, said he.

UNDP has financially and technically supported this scheme bearing 50% of the total cost, which is US$ 80,000, while the rest of the support comes from the community and local government bodies. With electricity reaching almost 420 households, the lives of the people in the village has changed considerably. Basic service facilities like health posts, agro processing mills, cable TV networks and rural communications centre (telephone, fax) are operating for the first time in the village. People are running electronic repair and maintenance shops, photo studio and poultry farms.

The Associate Administrator, accompanied by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Nepal, Mr. Ian Martin and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Matthew Kahane, also visited the Nawalparasi cantonment site to observe UNDP’s support to the verification of Maoist army personnel.

During his stay Mr. Melkert discussed the current and future development programmes of UNDP with the political party leaders, senior government officials, civil society leaders and the media.

He also attended the World Bank Regional Team Meeting for South Asia.