Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Japan hands over embankment along Kali Gandaki River bank in Marpha

The ambassador of Japan to Nepal Masamichi Saigo handed over embankment along the Kali Gandaki River Bank to the Ward No 2, Gharapjhong Village Municipality, today.
Under the agreement the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu provided grant assistance of $90,296 (about Rs 9.2 million) under the Japanese Government's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The project supported the construction of a 420-meter-long embankment along the bank of the Kali Gandaki to prevent erosion of adjacent land. The embankment protects land near the school grounds and nearby agricultural plots. The embankment is expected to contribute towards the safety of students and villagers and also protect fields from further erosion, reads the statement from the embassy.
Marpha is a village in Mustang district that is a famous stop-over for trekkers heading to Jomson, Muktinath, and beyond to Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang, and around the Annapurna range. Marpha is very well known in Japan since Ekai Kawaguchi – a Japanese Buddhist monk – stayed in the village in the early 1900s to learn about the local culture and language.
The embassy of Japan believes that the project can contribute towards conserving land and building a safe environment for students, reads the statement. "It also hopes that the assistance will contribute towards further strengthening the bilateral relationship between Japan and Nepal."

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