A Women Industrial Village is to be set up in Panchkhal of Kavrepalanchowk district. A detailed project report has also been prepared to this effect. According to Panchkhal Municipality mayor Mahesh Kharel, the country’s first-ever industrial village is to be built in Panchkhal municipality-7 with focus on women and agriculture. “Women entrepreneurs have pivotal role in the economic sector of Nepal”, he said. The municipality has collaborated with the South Asian Women Development Forum for the establishment of green industrial village.
The programme placing priority on the use of local production and raw materials would contribute to promote women entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, said deputy mayor of Panchkhal municipality Suryamaya Danuwar.
In this connection, the municipality has put forth a plan to provide 98 ropanis of land at Panchkhal-7 on lease for 25 years.
Mayor Kharel said local priority would be accorded to local people in employment following the establishment of the industrial village. “Construction of access road has been completed”, he shared. It may be noted that Panchkhal Municipality, South Asian Forum for Women Development and the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Nepal had a tripartite agreement for the establishment of green village three years ago. A budget of Rs 6 million was allocated for the same in the primary stage.
In the fiscal year 2076/77 BS, the government had announced to build industrial villages in five local governments of five districts. To propel its implementation, the government had earmarked a total budget of Rs 9.2 million for the setup of industrial villages in three local governments of Kavrepalanchowk and one each of Makawanpur, Dolakha and Chitwan.