82 per cent physical progress achieved in NEA projects amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Power utility was able to fully electrify 11 districts in last fiscal

, August 3

Electricity Authority (NEA) was able to achieve 82.29 per cent physical progress in its projects related to power generation, transmission and distribution in the last fiscal year 2019-20 and also achieved financial progress of 81.23 per cent.

Of the Rs 58.04 billion allocated for projects run by government, foreign and NEA sources, Rs 47.14 billion has been spent.

Similarly, 92 per cent of the budget that was allotted for expansion, strengthening and upgradation of distribution lines to increase access to electricity and provide reliable and quality services to consumers was utilised and 100 per cent physical progress was achieved on this front.

Kul Man Ghising, managing director of NEA, said the overall financial and physical progress was encouraging even though the work of projects under construction was badly affected due to the COVID-19.

“Problems created due to procedural hurdles in forest land use, land acquisition, disruptions in transmission and distribution lines are common obstacles faced by all the projects,” he said.

After the government decided to resume construction works of projects even during the lockdown by adopting safety measures related to health, concerned officials, including Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Pun and Secretary

Dinesh Kumar Ghimire provided immense support to enable the projects to move forward even in such difficult circumstances, Ghising informed.

According to him, some projects have been completed and some have reached the final stage of construction. Ghising further stated that the financial and physical progress of the projects would have been higher if the coronavirus pandemic had not occurred as works of some projects have not been completed yet due to the impact of the contagion.

Out of the Rs 7.80 billion allocated for the construction of power projects in the last fiscal year, Rs 5.53 billion has been spent.

Expenditure and physical progress of generation projects was 70.82 per cent and 76.83 per cent, respectively.

The power generation side includes construction, maintenance and other works of hydropower projects.

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