Landslides affect seven hydropower projects in Myagdi

Published On: August 8, 2022 10:05 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

MYAGDI, August 8: At least seven hydropower projects in Myagdi district have been affected by landslides. 

Landslides have caused road blockage thus making it difficult to supply construction materials and fuels for the projects, according to project officials. 

The affected hydropower projects include Rahughat hydropower, Rahughat Mangale, Upper Rahughat, Thulokhola hydropower, Darbang Myagdikhola, Upper Myagdi I and Upper Myagdi hydropower. 

Construction of the embankments and two tunnels for Rahughat hydropower has come to a halt due to the failure to supply construction materials as a result of road blockage, said Project Manager Raj Bista. The 40-megawatts project is developed by the Raghuganga hydropower, a subsidiary company of the Nepal Electricity Authority. "Landslides at Dagnam blocked the road, halting the construction work. Work on the powerhouse and other areas is underway despite all these obstacles," he said. 

Supply of goods and construction materials like diesel, rods, cements and explosive materials has been halted due to landslides at Aauri, Chimkhola and Malang, said engineer Prakash Timilsina, who works for the Tundi Power Company that promotes the 37-megawatts Rahughat Mangale. 

According to the Department of Electricity Development, three hydropower projects with a total capacity of 49 megawatts have already come into operation in the district. And, 17 others with a total of 700.83 megawatts power generation capacity have obtained licenses for construction.


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