The underground laying of electricity wires in the first phase of the project was only 40% complete after 20 months.
By launching the underground electricity distribution system, its enhancement and automation project in February 2020, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) announced that the work would be completed by August 2022. However, the slow progress of the project has resulted in a deterioration of the road conditions in many parts of the capital, causing inconvenience to commuters.
The National Environment Agency’s spokesperson, Surendra Bahadur Bhattarai, stated that the work has been delayed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and heavy rainfall. According to him, “we have set a new completion date of December 2022 as our goal for the project.”
According to the National Electricity Authority, the majority of the underground laying work has been completed in the areas of Lazimpat, Maharajgunj, Lainchaur, and Bansbari-Budhanilkantha. However, the work on a 1.5-kilometer stretch of road along the Maharajgunj-Bansbari area has not yet been completed.
In the first phase, the government intends to construct a 250-kilometer underground line carrying 11,000 volts and a 400-kilometer underground line carrying 400 volts in Baluwatar, Panipokhari, Budhanilkantha, Tokha, Gongabu, Samakhusi, Maharajgunj, Dhapasi, Basundhara, Shivapuri, Chunikhel, Sukedhara, Dharmasthali, and Teaching Hospital, all of which are
In a similar vein, the authority has moved forward with the construction of 200-km 11,000-volt underground lines and approximately 400-km 400-volt underground lines in locations such as Ratnapark, Bagbazar, Putalisadak, New Road, Anamnagar, Jamal, Lainchaur, Thamel, Sorhakhutte, Naya Bazar, Khusibu, Tripureshwor, Teku, Thapathali, Maitighar, Singhadur