KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Millennium Challenge Account Nepal (MCA-N), the Nepal-based agency of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the US, has announced a global tender to construct 315 km long transmission lines.
The US government-funded MCA-N issued a public notice on Monday calling for bids to build the infrastructure. The MCA-N has divided the total construction into three sections for this purpose.
As per the public notice, a 400 kV transmission line will be constructed along Lapsiphedi-Ratamate-New Hetauda stretch measuring 117 km. Similarly, a 90 km long 400 kV transmission line in Ratamate-Damauli and New Damauli-New Butwal segment will also be expedited under the project. The MCA-N has set a deadline of March 27, 2023 to apply for the contract.
The MCC Compact, which courted huge controversy and was opposed by a section of people in Nepal, has provided the country with a grant amount of US $500 million to construct high-powered transmission lines and to upgrade selected highways. The government will be investing $130 million from its side in the five-year long projects under the MCC Compact.