TAPLEJUNG, Feb 15: The construction of the 220 KVA electric sub-station in Dhunge Sanghu, Maiwakhola Rural Municipality, has intensified in recent days. According to KEC International, the construction of the sub-station was started five months ago and 10% of the work has been completed so far.
The construction of the electric sub-station is compulsory to integrate the produced electricity and to transfer it for continuous distribution. According to Ranjit Miya, site in charge of KEC International, the work of constructing the building, filling, installing transformers and base works are going on. Miya informed that, on a daily basis 86 workers are involved in the construction work. Out of 86 workers, 32 workers are Nepali and the rest are Indians.
KEC International, an Indian company, has constructed electric sub-stations in Nepal, India and various other countries. According to Miya, manpower involved in this construction work has previously been involved in other successful work as well. “We have made plans to complete the construction of electric sub-station within December 2020 by involving local manpower,” said Miya. Miya informed that if natural or any other obstacles does not occur then the construction of the electric sub-station will be completed on time and handed over to the concerned agencies.
According to KEC International, the electric sub-station is constructed in 500 ropani of land and the total cost of the project is Rs 3.84 billion. According to Miya, transferring the transformer to the under-construction sub-station requires a lot of manpower and is a tough task. “The transformer will be brought from Mechi highway to Taplejung headquarters and from that point it will be brought to sub-the station construction area, which in itself is a big challenge,” said Miya.
The construction company has opened the track from Tellabung of Dhunge Sanghu. According to Miya, increasing the narrow track and upgrading it for transportation of vehicles was also completed by the construction company. The electricity produced from Sanima Middle Tamor Hydropower Project which has 73-megawatt capacity, Tamor-Mewa Hydropower Project which has 128 megawatts and electricity produced from various hydropower projects will be integrated in the sub-station and then continuously distributed.