Kulekhani dam, Nepal's only high dam hydroelectricity project, faces the unwelcome prospect of closure in less than seven years if the present high levels of sedimentation continue. The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is undertaking topographical and geological studies to identify possible sites for check dams to trap silt. "We would not know what measures need to be pressed into service until these studies are completed," says Jivan Pradhan of the NEA, quoted in a Panos report.
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