NEA investing Rs 25 billion to upgrade power system in Karnali, Sudurpaschim

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Kathmandu, December 2

The government has forwarded activities making a special plan for upgrading the power system in hilly districts of Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces.

A loan agreement has been signed with the Asian Development Bank recently for the construction of the 132-KV Kohalpur-Surkhet transmission line in order to provide electricity in the Karnali districts. A high voltage transmission line is going to be constructed by upgrading the existing 33-KV transmission line.

Though the transmission line from Kohalpur-Surkhet has a 33-KV capacity, the transmission line from Surkhet to Kalikot has the only 11-KV capacity, resulting in a massive disruption in power supply during monsoon due to low capacity transmission line.

The Nepal Electricity Authority has forwarded a strategic plan with the support of donor agencies to resolve this problem.

The Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation has set a target to provide electricity to the districts that do not have access to the central transmission lines. The ministry has directed the NEA to work making a special package in order to provide electricity service to every house in the country.

Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has also expressed commitment not to let the authority feel resource crunch in upgrading and expansion of transmission line of the Karnali province.

The authority is going to invest Rs 25 billion for the same.

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