There are 26 projects of national pride in Nepal.
The government is going to declare the Bir Hospital project under construction at Duwakota in Bhaktapur as a project of national pride in the coming fiscal year 2078/79 BS.
According to the Ministry of Finance, there is a plan to build a hospital with international standard facilities in Duwakot to operate the expanded services of Bir Hospital. The government has set a target to complete the project within the next three years.
So far, there are a total of 25 projects of national pride in Nepal. According to the Ministry of Finance, such projects are related to energy, roads, railways, irrigation, drinking water, tourism and forest sector.
The first pride project from the health infrastructure
For the first time, the government is planning to include health infrastructure in the project of national pride. The importance of the Gaurav project has increased as the government of Nepal will ensure the budget every fiscal year and will give priority to any obstruction in the project.
The government has declared Bir Hospital under construction as a project of national pride and will bring its separate project office into operation. The government has also set a target to complete the pre-preparation work including a detailed project report of the project in the coming fiscal year.
This project was first included in the budget of the Fiscal Year 2073/74 by the government. At that time, there was a plan to build a well-equipped hospital with 1,000 beds.
The construction of the hospital was announced by the then KP Sharma Oli-led government. However, due to lack of focus on implementation, the project was limited to slogans for five years.
There is a plan to build a hospital on 570 ropanis of land given by Changunarayan Municipality. Even though the boards were placed at the project site in 2074 BS, the pre-preparation work has not started yet. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 30 billion.
In the beginning, there were 17
There are no specific criteria for declaring projects of national pride. According to the decision of the Council of Ministers, the project is listed as a national pride. For the first time in the year 2068/69, the then Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had put forward this concept.
Initially, 17 projects were included in the list. The number of projects has increased to 26. However, not a single project has been completed on time.
The target was to complete Upper Tamakoshi, Melamchi Drinking Water and Gautam Buddha International Airport this year. However, these projects have been postponed for the coming fiscal year as the Corona epidemic has become a pretext.
With the objective of giving priority and assurance to the projects of national pride in resource allocation, there is a practice of airmarking during budget allocation.
The objective was to select such projects on the basis of transformational, strategic importance and high national priorities.
The government expects it to contribute to the country’s economic development, social transformation, job creation, capital formation and even regional balance.
These are the projects of national pride of Nepal
-Pushpalal (Mid-Hills) Highway
– Postal Highway
-North-South Highway (Koshi Corridor)
-North-South Highway (Kaligandaki Corridor)
-North-South Highway (Karnali Corridor)
-Rail and Metro Rail and Monorail Development Project
-Kathmandu-Terai Madhes Expressway
-Gautambuddha International Airport
-Pokhara Regional International Airport
-Nijgadh International Airport
-Pashupati Area Development Fund
-Lumbini Development Fund, Budhigandaki Hydropower Project
-Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project
-West Seti Hydropower Project
-Mahakali Irrigation Project
-Sikta Irrigation Project
-Rani Jamra Kulariya Irrigation Project
-Vheri-Babai diversion multi-purpose project
– Sunkoshi Marine Diversion Multipurpose Project
-President Chure Conservation Program
-Melamchi drinking water project
– Millennium Challenge Account Nepal