Flood damages in hydro sector yet to be estimated

Published On: July 17, 2019 07:22 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 17: Kaveli Corridor Transmission line and other transmission lines in Province 1 have been affected by the monsoon floods. However, electricity interrupted in the areas due to floods will be resumed from tomorrow.

Energy Minister Barsha Man Pun said that no estimate has been made of the damages yet. “It will take time to analyze the losses and repair the damages,” said Pun.

Protection work on towers in the 132KV transmission line along Lowandra River, Ghurmi, Dhansar River and Kabeli corridor has been going on.

He said that the level of Kulekhani reservoir is at 1,526.66 meters now, which will be maintained if necessary.

Addressing a press conference in Kathmandu, Pun said that the Ministry of Energy has been active in disseminating information in the flood-hit areas through bulletin and SMS alerts. “We have already sent 500,00 texts through the Nepal Telecom and Ncell networks, and informed the people through bulletins from July 8. Though our target is to ensure that all the people in the flood-hit areas become safe, it seems that we are still lacking in terms of communicating the information about the SMS system to the people,” said Pun.

The minister also said that Nepal has been supplying 200 MW of electricity to India even during the monsoon.

He also updated about the Rani Jamara Irrigation Project and powerhouse of 4.7MW being constructed by using canal fall. Three gates (head regulator) out of eight have been opened and hoisted. “The project now reaches 14,300 hectare of surrounding land and has plans to extending to 38,000 hectare land,” he said. Similarly, canal lining work of Sikta Irrigation Project has been completed in 25 meters of length, which was destroyed in July last year.

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