NEA to install underground power cables in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has decided to install underground power lines in Kathmandu in a bid to minimise the risk of electrocution and to beautify the city.

In the first phase of the project, underground cables would replace overhead power line in grids overseen by Majarajgunj Distribution Centre and the Ratnapark Distribution Centre, NEA informed.

Indian contractor KP Industries will undertake the project worth Rs 6.60 billion with a deadline of 30 months from initiation.

According to NEA Maharajgunj Project Chief Abhishek Adhikari, overhead electricity cables and telecommunications lines among others have uglified the streets while also increasing the risk of unwanted incidents, and the project aims to resolve such issues.

Denizens of Bagbazaar, Ason and Durbar Marg will get underground power lines and smart meters in the preliminary phase of the project, NEA officials said.