Mid-Marsyangdi hydel in bad shape



    Marsyangdi_DamThe Udipur (Lamjung)-based Mid-Marsyandi Hydropower project is in need of urgent repair.

    According to sources, various civil structures, including the tunnel, powerhouse turbine, and descending ferry of the project, handed over to the Nepal Electricity Authority four years ago, are in a dilapidated state.

    All these years, NEA has not bothered to repair project components even once.

    This aside, intermittent floods have also put the whole project at risk, says NEA civil engineer Mukund Parajuli. “Two dozen descending ferry automatic software systems fitted in 24 ponds, dug to deposit the sediments, have also become dysfunctional,” says the project’s mechanical department chief Suresh Raut, adding that they have informed NEA about it.

    Technicians have warned that a disaster is inevitable if the authority concerned fails to fix the glitches.

    Marsyangdi project construction work had started in 2001 and completed in 2008 at the cost of Rs 30 billion.

    Source : The Himalayan Times