June 6, 2021 ,
Tunnel Breakthrough of Approach Tunnel to Dam of 140- MW Tanahun Hydropower Project.
The hydropower project is being built in Jhaputar of Rishing Rural Municipality, Tanahun.
According to project Chief Achyutbabu Ghimire, construction of 2.5-km access road from Byas Municipality, Chapaghat, to the project site has already been completed. “We are very glad to have completed this challenging task of tunnel road construction. Completion of these roads have now made it easier for us to start dam construction,” said Ghimire.
Further, Ghimire said they were able to complete a significant portion of the project as they continued the work even during the COVID crisis.
Earlier, the project had suffered some early hiccups due to delay in selecting the contractor and then scrapping the existing contractor and selecting a new one.
The project chief said they had adopted all safety health measures to make sure that no worker got infected. Some 45 staffers of the project and the consultant firm and 565 workers are at work at present.
The hydel project is being constructed by Sino Hydro, a Chinese company, while a Nepali company Kalika Somda JV has been entrusted with dam construction. The project is stipulated to be completed within 57 months. Its cost is estimated to be over Rs 16 billion.
Source: The Himalayan Times.