Chameliya hydel project construction begins after four months

Chamelia_workDARCHULA, Sept 18: Construction of Chameliya Hydropower Project has started Tuesday after four months of disruption.

China Gezhouba Group of Power Company (CGGC) – which was awarded a contract for civil construction part of the project – had halted construction works for an indefinite time citing Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)´s non-compliance to make timely payment in line with the contract.

Project Chief Rajendra Manandhar said the construction works begun since Tuesday after NEA cleared payment to CGGC. With grinding halt of civil construction works, the electro mechanical works led by the Korean Company were also affected.

According to the Chameliya Hydropower Project sources, the Chinese Company has completed 95 per cent of the total civil construction works including digging out of around 4.5-km-long tunnel.

The timeline of the project that started construction since 2007 with the investment of around Rs 13 billion has been extended to March 2015 as the target to accomplish the project by 2011 was failed due to several reasons, said Project Chief Manandhar.

The under construction 30-MW Chameliya Hydropower Project is so far the biggest hydel project in the far-Western region.

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