November 30: Three hydropower projects included in the People’s Hydropower Programme by the government with special emphasis have not made any progress as per the expectation.
The power generation date of those projects located in Rasuwa has been deferred every year. Despite repeated instructions from the Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation as well as the secretary at the ministry and Executive Director of Nepal Electricity Authority, the work of the project has not been effective.
A subsidiary of Chilime Hydropower Company is constructing 111 MW Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Project, 42.5 MW Sanjen Hydropower Project and 14.8 MW Upper Sanjen Hydropower Projects. It has become uncertain when these projects will start generating electricity.
Both the time and cost of the projects are increasing due to natural disasters and Covid-19 pandemic. Although the Executive Director of NEA Kulma Ghising has been urging the project officials to expedite the projects, there has not been any improvement.
The delay in completion of the projects constructed with public investment under the People’s Hydropower Project, has also resulted in the delay in construction of transmission lines.
Ghising has instructed the projects to complete the remaining works as soon as possible after monitoring the construction sites and holding discussings with the project officials, construction entrepreneurs, contractors and consultants.
“The construction of the main civil structures has been completed. The construction of the project with public investment should be completed as soon as possible and the investors should be rewarded,” said Ghising, adding, “The remaining works should be carried out side-by-side and completed within 7/8 months.”