19th March, 2021
Kathmandu: A contract agreement has been signed to improve the transmission and distribution system of electricity in eight districts of Province No. 2.
On Wednesday, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and Tata Project Limited signed a contract for the implementation of the Province No. 2 Rural Electrification Project worth about Rs 4 billion. The Tata Project, India, won the contract by submitting the lowest bid in the NEA’s international tender.
The projects that the NEA’s Project Management Directorate should execute have been divided into five lots. The eight different substations having 33/11 KV, 16.6 MVA capacity with modern equipment will be installed as part of the project to ensure that the power supply of the districts in Province No. 2 is efficient and standard . Similarly, two 33/11 KV substations with an 8 MVA capacity will be established. The substation capacity will be 148.8 MVA.
In addition, 323 circuit kilometers of 33 kV transmission lines, 950 circuit kilometers of 11 kV transmission lines, and 1,000 circuit kilometers of 400 volt power lines will be installed in Province No.2’s districts. The Norwegian government has given a grant of 35 million dollars to help with the project’s implementation. The Asian Development Bank will oversee this grant.
On behalf of NEA, Project Chiefs Bimal Chaudhary (Lot 1), Roshan Khadka (Lot 2 and 4), Randhir Pathak (Lot 3) and Amit Bhagat (Lot 5) Chief Accountant Bishnu Prasad Acharya, Engineers Basant Nepal and Bisam Binod Khanal signed the agreement with General Managers from Tata Project Shyam Narayan Mittal and Manoj Kumar Patnayek.
The project’s construction contract is scheduled to be finished within 30 months of its start date.
The overall power transmission and distribution system of Province No. 2 has been strengthened as a result of the operation, according to project coordinator Bodhraj Dhakal. He encouraged the contractor to finish the job ahead of time because it was a high-priority project.
Sandeep Kumar, the Tata Project’s Project Chief, confirmed his commitment to going forward with the aim of getting the work done ahead of time. The project will be implemented in Province No. 2’s Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, and Parsa.
The signing ceremony was attended by Ramji Bhandari, Deputy Executive Director of the Project Management Directorate, and representatives from the Asian Development Bank.