Upper Tamakoshi in the final state; tunnel ready by April 21

Upper Tamakoshi Project site in Dolakha district

Kathmandu, April 8

The ongoing Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project (456 MW) has reached its final stage of construction.

Major works such as intake, tunnel, transmission line, and substation have been completed. Now, there are minor civil and mechanical works going on under the project.

Although one of the national pride projects was expected to be completed before the New Year 2078 BS (which is next week), it was delayed because of Covid-19 and some technical glitches.

Lot-2 Hydro-mechanical contractor company has committed that the works as wielding and painting would be completed by April 21.

Similarly, the installation of a penstock pipe has been over. Embankment/intake, main tunnel, powerhouse, tailrace tunnel as part of the major construction have also been completed.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director at Nepal Electricity Authority and Chairperson of Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Ltd, Hitendra Dev Shakya, conducted an inspection visit and held a discussion with project officials, consultants and contractors on the schedule of releasing water to the tunnel with speedy completion of the remaining works recently.

Shakya shared that power production would begin from mid-May.

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