KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the Upper Trishuli 3 'A' pressing a switch at the Prime Minister's office in Singha Durbar on Monday.
On the occasion, the prime minister opined that the land acquisition process should not hinder the construction of development projects.
He said that development projects like hydropower should not face any roadblocks during their construction.
"Every stakeholder concerned should facilitate in the smooth construction of the projects by settling the issues of land acquisition. On the one hand, unwarranted compensation claims will raise the cost of the development projects, and on the other hand the projects will also encounter inordinate delays," PM Oli said.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Barsha Man Pun on Monday visited Simle area of Kispang rural municipality in Nuwakot district, where the project construction site is located.
The Upper Trishuli 3 'A' has already started commercial generation of electricity. The project started to generate electricity 8 years after starting the construction work of the project.
The project had started generation three months ago but testing work was yet to be completed, because of which the project had not been given the Taking-Over Certificate. According to the project, it has run total load rejection test, monitoring of the tunnel, efficiency test, high voltage test, among other tests.
The 60 MW capacity project's 30 MW electricity from the first unit was linked to the national transmission grid on May 17, and the other 30 MW electricity produced from the second unit was linked to the grid on August 2.
The project has 8 percent contribution to the energy consumed in the country. The two units of the project are producing 30 MW of electricity each.
The project that has dam in Rasuwa and powerhouse in Nuwakot has been constructed by the Nepal Electricity Authority. The breakthrough of the project's tunnel was done in August 2017. The contract for the construction of the project was awarded to China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC).
The agreement with the CGGC to work for the civil powerhouse, dam, tunnel and structure, electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical works in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model was signed on July 30, 2010.
The construction of the project started in April 2011. The construction work of the project was halted for 22 months because of the 2015 earthquake. The earthquake had impacted the structures of the project. The project was completed with an investment of Rs 13.99 billion.
The electricity produced from the project's 3B hub is being transferred through 45 kilometers long transmission line to the substation located at Matatirtha, of which 132 KV from the powerhouse of Simle to 3B hub, 220 KV double circuit from 3B hub to Badbhanjyang and 220 KV 4 circuit transmission line from Badbhanjyang to Matatirtha have been constructed.