November 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the 60-megawatt Upper Trishuli 3A Hydropower Project on Monday, November 18.
The prime minister inaugurated the project by pressing a switch at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
Meanwhile, Minister for Energy Barsha Man Pun reached the project site at Kispang Rural Municipality of Nuwakot during the inauguration.
With the inauguration of the project, commercial production of electricity from Upper Trishuli has started. The project has the capacity to produced 14,40,000 units of electricity per day.
Nepal Electricity Authority and the Chinese government had provided concessional loans for the project.
It took almost nine years to complete the project which was initiated on May 28, 2010. The project was initially supposed to finish within four years but the construction was delayed due to the differences among the stakeholders regarding the model of the project.
Later, there was inordinate delay in completion of the project due to the earthquakes of 2015 and the subsequent blockade imposed by India as well as massive floods in the region.
The estimated cost of project was Rs 14.43 billion but the delay resulted in the increase of cost to Rs 17.32 billion.