May 17: Darchula district in the far western region of the country has been linked with the National Electricity Transmission Line of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) for the first time.
Sitiash Kumar Karna, head of of NEA’s Atatriya Regional Office in Kailali, confirmed that the district’s Khalanga was connected with the National Electricity Transmission Line, ending the dependency of the district to import electricity from India. NEA preciously imported 8 KW of electricity from Dharchula of India to supply power to Darchula district.
The authority started supplying electricity to Darchula by completing the construction of Balach-Khalanga 33 KV transmission line.
Kulman Ghising, executive director of the NEA, said that the extension of the transmission line and supply of electricity to Khalanga, Darchula as a major achievement of the NEA.
“We will supply electricity generated from the local hydro power plants through the transmission line,” he added.
He further said that the NEA now has sufficient infrastructure to export electricity to India from Darchula, if needed.
Previously, the NEA was paying Rs 2.5 million per month to Uttarkhand Power Cooperation Limited for the import of electricity.
NEA in Khalanga, Darchula has around 8,000 electricity users.
The Bachal-Khalanga transmission line was constructed by a joint venture of the Government of Nepal and the NEA. The NEA had signed a contract worth Rs 8.7 million with the government in April 2016 to construct the 25 km long transmission line.
Meanwhile, the electricity produced from the Upper Trishuli 3 A Hydropower Project has been connected to the national grid on Thursday.
The project based in Kispang-5 of Nuwakot has a total capacity of 60 MW. Out of the total capacity, 30 MW of electricity produced from one unit of the hydro power project has been connected to the national grid.