Kathmandu, 12 December 2021. Construction has started to improve the power transmission and distribution system of eight districts of Province No.2. The foundation stone of a substation to be constructed in Bardibas Municipality-2 of Mahottari under the Rural Electrification and Distribution System Strengthening Project run by Nepal Electricity Authority has been laid on Friday.
The foundation stone of the substation was jointly laid by Project Coordinator Bodhraj Dhakal and Munindra Thakur, Chief of the Provincial Office, Janakpur under NEA Distribution and Customer Service Directorate.
Through the project, the power distribution system of Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara and Parsa of Province No. 2 will be strengthened, rehabilitated and fully electrified.
To make the power supply of eight districts reliable and quality, 10 substations of 33 ÷ 11 KV capacity with modern equipment will be constructed. In addition, 323 circuit kilometers 33 kV transmission line, 950 circuit kilometers 11 kV line, one thousand circuit kilometers four hundred volt new line construction and five hundred new distribution transformers of different capacities will be connected.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Ward Chairman of Bardibas Municipality-2, Chola Raj Pyakurel, expressed confidence that the consumers would be able to consume reliable and quality electricity after the construction of the substation.
Stating that electricity is being distributed through old and dilapidated structures in many places of the districts of Province No. 2, Thakur said that the dilapidated structures will be replaced through the project and all the districts will be fully electrified.
Coordinator Dhakal said that the distribution system is being radically changed in Province No. 2 by paying attention to the standardization of power distribution line, additional capacity expansion of agricultural and industrial lines.
The project being implemented through NEA’s Project Management Directorate has been divided into five lots. The construction of all the hangings has been carried out simultaneously. A contract worth around Rs 4 billion was signed between NEA and construction company Tata Project for the construction of the project last April.
The project is being completed within the stipulated time of 30 months, said Sandeep Kumar, project manager of the company.
The Norwegian government has provided a grant of US ३ 35 million for the implementation of the project. This grant is administered by the Asian Development Bank.