The National Electricity Authority (NEA) is investing Rs 25 billion to modernize the power system in Karnali.
Activites to develop a special plan for strengthening the power grid in hilly areas of Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces have been prioritized by the government for implementation.
Un recently, an agreement for a loan from the Asian Development Bank was signed to fund the construction of 132-kV transmission line between Kohalpur and Surkhet, which will supply power to districts in Karnali province. It is planned to upgrade the current 33-KV transmission line in order to establish a high-voltage transmission line.
Because of this low capacity transmission line, even though the transmission line from Kohalpur to Surkhet has 33-KV capacity, the transmission line from Surkhet to Kalikot only has 11-KV capacity, which causes a significant disruption in electricity delivery during the monsoon season. As a result of the help of donor organizations, the Nepal Electricity Authority has issued a strategic plan to address the issue.
Electricity service in districts that do not have access to a central transmission line has been established as a goal by the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation. It has been ordered by the Ministry to work on putting together a special package that will allow power to be provided to every home in the country.
Karnali province’s transmission line is being upgraded and expanded, and Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has stated that he will not allow a lack of funds or resources to impede this effort.
On-going research is being conducted to determine the feasibility of building a second 220-KV transmission line connecting Dailekh in Surkhet with Jumla. A total of Rs 25 billion would be invested by the National Environment Agency (NEA). For the purpose of carrying out activities at the government’s Dolpa investment, a package has been put together.
Kulman Ghising, the Executive Director of the National Environment Agency, stated that operations have been expanded to other areas with the use of concessional loans from the European Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank (AfDB).
Karnali province has a population of only 43 percent, and only 43 percent of the population has access to power. In light of the situation in Karnali province, Ghising explained that the NEA has given it a special attention.
In a similar vein, out of 547,671 households in Sudurpaschim province, 71.07 percent of households have access to a central transmission line