Landslides knock down transmission line towers, power supply disturbed in four districts of Gandaki

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 68.2 MW out of National Grid

Kathmandu, 4 September 2021 The transmission line tower has collapsed on the Prabat due to incessant rains. The tower between Modi Khola Power House of Nepal Electricity Authority and Modi Khola-1 Hydropower Project constructed by private sector United Modi Hydropower Company near Kushma, the district headquarters of Parbat, collapsed at around 2 am on Friday.

The landslide has destroyed Tawer No. 4 in Chuwa of Parbat under the 132 KV transmission line constructed by the company to connect the power of Modi-1 Hydropower Project to Modi substation.
As a result, 68.2 MW of privately owned power plants in Parbat, Myagdi and Mustang have been disconnected from the national grid. Also, power supply to Parbat, Baglung, Myadi and Mustang has been cut off.

The 42-megawatt Mistri Khola and 5-megawatt Ghalemdi Khola in Myagdi, 11.2-megawatt Thapa khola in Mustang and the 10-megawatt Lower Modi-1 Hydropower Project in Parbat have stopped production. NEA has deployed a team including Kedar Silwal, Chief of Distribution and Customer Service Gandaki Regional Office, Pokhara and Madhav Poudel, Chief of Pokhara Grid to start the repair work of the tower immediately and ensure smooth power supply.

NEA’s Executive Director Kulman Ghising informed that efforts are being made to operate the power supply through emergency restoration towers and make alternative arrangements. “Our team has not been able to reach the site of the collapse due to heavy rains. We are trying to use the emergency restoration tower to restore the line as soon as possible. It may take a maximum of five days,” Ghising said.

Mistri, Thapa khola and Ghalemdi Hydro projects connected to the Dana substation of Myagdi under the Kaligandaki Corridor 220 KV transmission line has flowed through the 132 KV transmission line of the Modi-1 Hydropower Project from Kushma Substaion. The power supply has been cut off due to the collapse of the tower. The remaining electricity is supplied locally from the Modi substation to Pokhara.