KATHMANDU, Oct 19: An agreement to complete the construction of Duhabi-Katari 33 KV transmission line within 45 days has been signed.
The construction was put into halt after the locals of Gidaniya tole located at Gramthan Rural Municipality of Morang had prevented the laying of 3-kilometer-long wire. Sherdhan Rai, chief minister of Province 1, had called a meeting Friday between member of federal parliament from the area Amanlal Modi, managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority Kulman Ghising, chairman of the rural municipality Bhim Ghimire, and Chamber of Industries Morang officials to eliminate the hurdle.
According to Chief Minister Rai, a decision was made to complete the construction within 45 days after studying the necessary technical part to eliminate the hurdle in the construction work.
“The general consumers are not able to get reliable power supply because the transmission line hasn’t been completed. So, we need to resolve the problem according to the procedure and immediately start the construction work,” Rai said. “We need to find a way to lay the wire underground and find technical alternatives and finish the work within 45 days. For which, all efforts will be made.”
Due to hurdles in the construction work, Chief Minister Rai had held meetings with Amanlal Modi, along with chairman of Gramthan Rural Municipality, local industrialists, and traders. The discussion was aimed at an initiative to solve the problems.
During the discussion, Modi said that he had never created any obstruction to the construction work of the transmission line. “There were allegations that I had obstructed the work by asking money for the construction of the line, but I have never done that. I have been assisting the project, and stating that it is important,” he said, adding, “There is no truth in these allegations. The construction of the line needs to be started immediately; the project has my full support.”
Meanwhile, Ghising, speaking at the meeting, said that the authority would initiate to improve power supply to the area. He cleared that the authority has never accused Modi of asking money for the completion of the project.
Gramtham Rural Municipality officials said there will be no obstruction in the construction of the transmission line. Except for the 3-kilometer stretch at the Gramtham tole, the construction of transmission line at other places has been completed. Substations have been constructed. After the 3-kilometer-long wire is placed, substations will be charged and the transmission line will be brought into the network.
Currently, electricity to Katari area is being supplied from Tankisinuwari and Biratnagar Rani Substation through 11 KV transmission line. The Tankisinuwari Substation is no longer in a state to handle the increased load.
According to the NEA, operation of the Duhabi-Katari transmission line will ease power supply problems in the Katari-Rangoli corridor and solve voltage problem in Biratnagar.