KATHMANDU, Feb 11: The government is planning to provide full compensation for land acquired for electricity transmission lines. Barshaman Pun, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, has said that the government is planning to provide full compensation to those whose land is occupied by the government for transmission line during the inauguration of the statue of late Post Bahadur Bogati in Nagarkot.
According to Pun, the government is working forward to complete the target to produce 5,000 megawatt electricity in the upcoming 5 years and 16,000 megawatt electricity in 10 years and the construction of transmission line for distributing electricity is rapidly progressing. “Working procedure is being prepared to provide compensation to land which lies below the transmission line,” said Pun.
Earlier, the government only provided partial compensation on land acquired for transmission line. According to Pun, the government has added 400 megawatt electricity in two years and the total production is now 1,300 megawatt. In the current fiscal year, the government plans to add 456 megawatt electricity of Upper Tamakoshi along with 1,000 megawatt electricity from other hydropower projects to the national transmission grid. “We are becoming independent in electricity from this year,” said Pun, “We were importing electricity worth Rs 18 billion from India but from this year, we will not be importing electricity.”
Pun said that a large number of hydropower projects are being constructed in Rasuwa and Nuwakot and local residents have been supportive of such projects. Pun also paid homage to late Bogati during the function at Chandeshowri school and acknowledged his contribution to the country.