Cross-border transmission line master plan within six months

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    energy-transmissionKATHMANDU, Nov 22 : Nepal and India have agreed to prepare a master plan for development of cross-border transmission line within six months.

    The meeting of Joint Steering Committee (JSC) between the two countries held in New Delhi on Friday formed a six-member Joint Technical Team (JTT), which includes three members each from both the countries, to prepare the master plan.

    JSC has been formed as per the Power Trade Agreement (PTA) that Nepal and India signed on October 21

    Keshav Dhwaj Adhikari, spokesperson of the Ministry of Energy , said JTT will prepare the master plan by taking into consideration total power generation until 2035 and work out the action plan for develoment of transmission line for the next ten years. JTT comprises of members from the Nepal Electricity Authority and the Department of Electricity Development.

    Likewise, the meeting also formed a separate Joint Operational Committee to draft the operations rules for two-way electricity trading and other technical problems that might emerge in power trade and account settlement process, among others.

    Energy secretary Rajendra Kishore Kshatri and India´s power secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha attended the meeting.

    Likewise, in the sideline meeting of the JSC, India has agreed to provide additional 70 MW before the 18th SAARC Summit being held Kathamndu later this month.

    Adhikari said India is already providing 40 MW. “It will supply remaining 30 MW after carrying out some minor maintenance works in transmission lines,” he added.

    Source : Republica