NEA starts laying underground cables in valley


, February 17

With the aim to minimise the risk of electric shocks, beautify the city and automate power distribution in the Kathmandu valley, Electricity Authority (NEA) has started to execute the work of laying the electricity cables underground.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the work of laying the electricity cables underground amidst a ceremony held here today.

Speaking at the programme, directed NEA to complete the underground cable line, reinforcement and automation of the distribution system as per the prescribed cost and schedule. “To increase electricity consumption, the distribution line needs to be sustainable and reliable,” he said, adding that the initiative would also help beautify the capital.

Stressing on the need for all concerned stakeholders, including the government and private agencies, to coordinate for timely completion of the project, Oli said, “The execution of this project will set the pace for similar projects in the future.”

In March 2019, an Indian contractor company, KEI Industries Ltd, had been selected to implement the project.

It had made the lowest bid among the companies that had shown interest to carry out the work and had committed to complete the project worth nearly Rs seven billion by October 2021.

The company is undertaking the work of transferring the cables underground for the areas covered by Maharajgunj Distribution Centre and Ratnapark Distribution Centre.

As per NEA, the Maharajgunj Distribution Centre covers Baluwatar, Budhanilkantha, Tokha, Gongabu, Maharajgunj, and its periphery and the contractor will lay 250-kilometre-long power lines of 11,000 voltage capacity. Similarly, it will lay 400-km-long 400 voltage capacity . The telecom companies and internet service providers will also lay 250-km-long optical cables in the aforesaid areas in coor

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