October 27, Kathmandu. The Bagmati state government has recently postponed plans to purchase electric buses and build the Kulekhani-Hetauda tunnel.
As per the information given by Chief Minister Rajendra Pandey to the central meeting of his party Unified Socialists, the plan to purchase electric bus has been postponed for now. The government led by Dormani Poudel had allocated Rs 300 million for the purchase of electric bus.
However, Chief Minister Pandey said that the plan to purchase electric buses had to be postponed as there was no road infrastructure and no charging station. He said that some parliamentarians had visited India and China to bring electric buses.
Similarly, the previous government had allocated Rs. 500 million for the Kulekhani-Hetauda tunnel. However, the government has estimated the cost of the project at Rs 18 billion, but it is expected to cost Rs 30 billion and the central government is not sure about the amount, Pandey said.
“We have postponed for the time being that the Rs 500 million should not be misused here until the budget is assured,” he said.
According to him, the state government has put forward three programs. He said that the state government has decided to provide three years technical education to the students who have completed SEE and work in the municipality.
He said that the state government has decided to provide Plus 2 tuition at its own expense to the students who have passed SEE from all the community schools in the state. This campaign is important for students to read, Pandey said.
Similarly, the state government is working on a plan to send the citizens going for foreign employment only after creating skilled manpower by imparting training for 3 and 6 months. According to him, at present, 900 million remittances are coming to the state.