85 per cent of Upper Madi hydropower project complete

Pokhara, May 1

Eighty-five per cent of the construction works have been completed at the Upper Madi Hydroelectricity Project at Sildujure VDC of Kaski district.

“The construction works have been pursued in a speedy manner and would be completed by the end of this year and project would start generating power by then,” Project Coordinator Raj Kumar Baral said.

According to him, the construction of the 4,200-metre long tunnel of the project has been completed and works on installing two turbines in the tunnel are underway now. Similarly, construction of 20 out of the 32 pylons has been completed and the remaining 12 would also be constructed within two months.

Construction of the powerhouse, dam and concrete lining of the head-race tunnel has also reached the final stages. The 25-megawatt project is being constructed at a cost of approximately Rs 5.28 billion.

Eighty per cent of the investment in the project is of China Three Gorges Corporation while the remaining is of project Executive Chairman Bijaya Malla. The ground-breaking ceremony for the project was held in December 2012.