Construction of main tunnel of Upper Tamakoshi Hydel Project completed
November 19, 2017 06:05 PM NPT
DOLAKHA, Nov 19: The construction of main tunnel (8.2 kilometers) of Upper Tama Koshi Hydro Project of 456 Mw capacity has been completed. According to the project office, 90% of the project under civil sector has been completed.
Following the direction of Secretary Anup Kumar Upadhyaya of Ministry of Energy, the breakthrough of the tunnel was possible.
The project aims to complete the construction and to start generating electricity by mid-July 2018. The project will start its regular operation after six months, from December 2018 by which the remaining construction will be completed.
“Only 10% work of civil remains and the transportation of electromechanical tools to the project site is underway”, said Project Chief Bigyan Shrestha and added that the Department of Road has already started to blacktop the road from Khadichaur to Singati section.
He also said that it was tough to transport the heavy equipment at the site. According to him the connection at powerhouse is under process. The work of concrete is at pace following the day and night, along with the task of turbine and transmission line. Out of 146 transmissions pole, only 16 is left to elevate.
The total budget of the project is estimated at Rs 35.5 billion, according to Shrestha. Among which Employees Provident Fund has invested Rs 10 billion, Nepal Telecom Rs 6 billion, Citizen Investment Trust and Rastriya Beema Sansthan have invested Rs 2 billion each. The project plans to distribute the share to the locals after the election. The locals will be categorized into A, B and C group and share will be distributed accordingly.