NEA investing Rs 25 billion to upgrade power systems

The government has forwarded activities making a special plan for upgrading power systems at 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 upgrade power systems at Karnali province 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 only 11-KV capacity, resulting from 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 have set a target to provide electricity service to the districts that do not have access to the central transmission line.

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 means and resources crunch in upgrading and expansion of transmission line of Karnali province.

A study is being carried out for the construction of an additional 220-KV transmission line linking Dailekh of Surkhet to Jumla. The NEA is going to invest Rs 25 billion for the same. A package has been made in order to carry out activities at government investment in Dolpa.

Executive Director of NEA, Kulman Ghising, said that activities have been forwarded to other districts by taking a concessional loan from European Investment Bank and AAIB. Only 43 percent population of Karnali province have access to electricity.

The NEA has given special priority keeping this situation of Karnali province in mind, shared Ghising. Similarly, out of 547,671 households in Sudurpaschim province, 71.07 percent of households have access to the central transmission lines.

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