Damauli, Mar. 24: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today inspected the under-construction 140-megawatt Tanahu Hydropower Project at Jhaputar of Rhishing Rural Municipality-1 in Tanahu, and inspected for its timely completion.
On the occasion, he inspected the project’s dam site, and powerhouse and took updates about the progress in regard to the implementation of the project. PM Deuba pledged all required support on behalf of the government for the project construction.
The PM was here to attend some programmes in Tanahu and managed his time to visit the national pride project.
Managing operator at project promoter company Tanahu Hydropower Limited, Kiran Kumar Shrestha, apprised the PM of progress in the project development so far.
As he briefed the PM, the major works were being undertaken in three packages: ‘package one’ is about the construction of a 140-meter high dam and presently works to divert the river are going.
Similarly, the works relating to the constructions of tunnel, powerhouse and the supplies and hydro-mechanical and electromechanical operations are dealt with under ‘package two’. ‘package three’ includes the construction of a 220 KV double circuit from Damauli of the district to Bharatpur of Chitwan which is underway. So far, the foundation works for 35 towers got completed and 16 towers have been built.
The project is expected to complete by the next five years (Asar, 2083 BS).
The Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA), European Investment Bank, Nepal government/Nepal Electricity Authority are the financial partners for the project and its estimated cost is US dollar 505 million.