KATHMANDU, June 22: An avenue has been opened up for the construction of 132-KV Kohalpur-Surkhet transmission line after a long wait.
The construction work is to gain momentum with the cabinet meeting on Monday taking a decision to allow using national forest area for the project.
As many as 13,056 trees have to be cut down in Banke, Bardiya and Surkhet districts under the Kohalpur-Surkhet 52-km transmission line.
Project Chief Rabi Kumar Chaudhary informed agreement on tree felling would be reached between the Department of Forest and the project office following the cabinet decision. The warden office would initiate the process to cut down trees.
The transmission line falls in Bardiya and Banke national park area. Indian company RS Enterprises Pvt Ltd was awarded a contract of Rs 700 million for the construction of the transmission line.