Nepal | September 22, 2020

Nepal to seek more energy from India

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 22

Due to an increase in the domestic electricity demand, Nepal will again formally propose to India for import of more electricity from the southern neighbour. In the two-day meeting of Nepal-India energy secretary-level talks, also called the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) meeting, under the power trade agreement to be held from Wednesday, Nepal will list out the proposal for importing more electricity, among other issues.

The meeting is scheduled to be held in Pokhara.

According to Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI), the government will propose for an increment in the quantum of energy imported from India as the country is unable to fulfil the rising domestic demand. At present, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has been importing 521 megawatts of energy from India.

The Nepali delegation will be led by Secretary Ghimire and the Indian team will be led by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, secretary, Ministry of Power, India.

According to Prabin Aryal, spokesperson for MoEWRI, the meeting is scheduled to review the construction modality of the Butwal-Gorakhpur cross-border transmission line that is being jointly constructed by NEA and Central Electricity Authority of India. Moreover, the meeting
will also hold discussions on the existing agreement and finalise the construction modality of the aforementioned cross-border transmission line.

Aryal further said that India has shown keen interest in constructing the Butwal-Gorakhpur transmission line and assured to pay the total construction cost.

Moreover, the meeting will finalise the existing agreement on energy banking.

Likewise, the JSC meeting will also discuss on two other cross-border transmission lines — Duhabi-Purnia and Lamki-Bareilly — that are included in the energy master plan agreed between the two countries. The JSC meeting will review the work progress of the 900-megawatt Arun III hydropower project and discuss about construction of the 900-MW Upper Karnali hydropower project too.

The meeting will also review the study report of 132 kVA and 33 kVA transmission lines in Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj and Bhairahawa.

Aryal further said that the meeting also plans to review the work progress of another 50 kV transformer being set up at Tanakpur substation for import of an additional 50 megawatts of power from India. At present, Nepal has been importing 30 megawatts of power through the Tanakpur substation.

The meeting is also scheduled to review the work progress regarding the upgradation of the single-circuit Kataiya-Kusaha and Raxaul-Parwanipur transmission lines to double-circuit lines under the grant aid of the Indian government.

Meanwhile, prior to the JSC meeting, an energy joint secretary-level joint working group meeting will be conducted that will finalise the agendas for the JSC meeting.


A version of this article appears in print on January 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Photo Gallery: Rohingya refugees receive relief in Kapan amid COVID-19 crisis

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 21 Hiteri Foundation provided food relief packages to long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees here in Kapan on Sunday, September 20. More than 175 families are taking shelter in Kapan after entering Nepal following a mass exodus from their native Myanamar. Also seen in pi Read More...

In Pictures: Lalitpur school provides internet facility to students sans access

Lalitpur, September 21 Teachers take online classes with internet facility provided by school at the empty classroom of Shree Rudrayanee Secondary School in Khokana, Lalitpur on Monday, September 21, 2020. The School has facilitated internet access to those students who cannot avail the same at h Read More...

Nepal COVID-19 Update: 1154 new cases, 1005 recoveries, 16 fatalities logged Monday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. Read Also: 674 more infections logged in Kathmandu valley, amounts to over 58pc of total new cases Read More...

Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap to pursue legal route against sexual misconduct allegations, actress Payal Ghosh to file FIR

KATHMANDU: Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by budding actress Payal Ghosh, said he intends to pursue legal action while the actress has said she will file an FIR against him. Issuing a statement through his lawyer, Kashyap also said it was sad that a Read More...

Indian actress Richa Chadha initiates legal action after Payal Ghosh drags her name in #MeToo case against Anurag Kashyap

KATHMANDU: Bollywood actress Richa Chadha has revealed that she has initiated legal action against after her name was dragged in a defamatory in #MeToo case against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap by actress Payal Ghosh. In a video released to ABN Telugu, Ghosh claimed that Kashyap tried to harass her i Read More...

American actress Mindy Kaling finds Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor talented, wants to work with them

KATHMANDU: Indian origin American actress Mindy Kaling wants to work with Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor as she finds them talented. "I would love to work with Sonam Kapoor or Deepika Padukone. They're both so talented," Mindy was quoted as saying Read More...

Manchester City _Ilkay Gundogan

Man City's Gundogan tests positive for COVID-19

LONDON: Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club said on Monday, making him the third player in the squad to return a positive test in recent weeks. City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte previously tested positive for the Read More...

Djokovic to face Schwartzman in Italian Open final

ROME: Novak Djokovic was made to work hard by Casper Ruud in blustery conditions before the world number one got past the unseeded Norwegian 7-5 6-3 on Sunday to reach the Italian Open final. The Serbian had to save two set points in the first set before finding his groove to reach his 10th title Read More...