Although it took almost seventeen years, Khimti-Dhalkebar Transmission Line is finally complete

Feb. 2, 2017, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.10, No 12, February 3,2017, (Magh 21,2073)

Although Khimti-Dhalkebar Transmission Line completed following seventeen years of disruption and delay due to the problems created by local people, many other transmission lines are facing similar problems.

Almost all transmission lines under construction now are facing hurdles in evacuating the electricity generated by the developers. Due to the delay in the Kabeli corridor transmission line, many projects under the final stage of completion are likely to face evacuation.

Similarly, NEA’s own upper Marsyangdi Plant will have to reduce its generation if the transmission line linking it to Pokhara is not completed by the coming years. Delaying the construction of transmission lines is creating problems as well.

Most of the projects are delayed because of the problem in land acquisition and obstruction created by the local communities. The completion of Khimti-Dhalkebar Transmission Line, which began commercial electricity transmission from last month, is a big booster and it can also save the technical loss.

A major work for evacuating the energy of 456 MW Upper Tamakoshi, its completion also ends the worries of Tamakosi about the possible disturbance in evacuation.

Ministry of Energy and its Minister Janardan Sharma Prabhakar are giving a high priority to the completion of the transmission lines and power projects under the last stage of the work completion. 

Within the last three months, Hetauda-Matatirtha Transmission Line was also completed. Similarly, the construction of substations in different areas, including Dhalkebar substation, is taking pace.

“By next year, most of the transmission lines which are now under construction will be completed,” said Minister Sharma. "We need to complete the transmission line substation to make Nepal loadsheding free.”

The Construction of the 220 kV transmission line was scheduled to be completed in 2009. The completion of the transmission line project is important for system stabilization of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), as it supplies electricity from the Koshi River basin to Tarai as well as links Kathmandu with the Indian energy market.

“Though the project has been delayed by many years, it will be a milestone in stable electricity transmission,” Prabal Adhikari, spokesperson of Nepal Electricity Authority, said. “This connection has improved the quality of electricity in Birgunj as the energy from Khimti of Dolakha has now been directly connected to Tarai,” said Adhikari.

The transmission line traverses 73 kilometers of rugged hills terrains and Tarai plains. It also enables NEA to import additional energy from India if need be. It will be a key component to supply electricity of Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project which is expected to start generation by July next year.

As the Upper Tamakosi Hydropower project is accelerating its pace for construction, it will be likely to see electricity from its first turbine next year. Chief of Company Bigyan Shrestha said on his Facebook the breakthrough is great achievement for the project as well. 

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