Upper Tamakoshi to start operation soon


98 per cent construction work on the project has been completed so far

Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Pun today observed the 456-megawatt capacity Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project.

Minister Pun arrived in Dolakha, where the national pride project is located, to take stock its progress. The minister made an on-site visit and acquired information about the progress on the under-construction project. He stayed at the project site for about three hours.

During the visit, project chief Dinesh Jung Rana and chief executive officer Bigyan Shrestha briefed the minister on the progress of the project. On the occasion, the minister directed the project officials to complete the project within the stipulated time frame.

Minister Pun expressed confidence that the project would be completed within the set deadline, reiterating that it would be brought into operation by mid-December.

“We are serious about the project as it is one of the most important projects. I have focused all my attention to completing the project on time and maintaining its quality of work. I am confident of the project’s completion within the stipulated time frame,” he said.

Minister Pun also added that the project a testimony that Nepalis themselves were capable of constructing big projects.”As per our direction, Andritz Hydro of Austria and Indian company Texamo jointly constructed two vertical tunnels. Remaining work on the project is expected to be completed by mid-November,” he said.

With problems that emerged in the course of project construction resolved, 98 per cent work on the project has been completed. Earlier, Minister Pun had directed Nepal Electricity Authority, project chief and contractors to speed up construction work.

Two companies — one from Austria and another from India — are setting up infrastructures for the construction of the project.