Nepal | September 24, 2020

Tunnel digging of Bheri Babai diversion project expedited

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 4

The tunnel construction process of the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP) has been expedited after the project started to dig the tunnel by utilising a tunnel boring machine (TBM). The project has adopted the TBM technology for the first time in the country to dig the 12-kilometre-long tunnel of the project.

After completion of the initial testing of the TBM on November 6, the project has dug 1,200 metres till date. The project is operating the machine 24 hours a day with two shifts being deployed for the purpose.

“The tunnel construction process is satisfactory and we expect the project to be completed within the set deadline of April, 2020,” said Rukmangat Khanal, senior divisional engineer of the project. “Before installing the machine, the project had dug 150 metres of the tunnel manually, but now the process has been expedited due to the TBM.”

According to the project, the TBM is being used to dig 20-25 metres of the tunnel per day, which is as per the plan of the project. “Overall 20 per cent progress has been achieved till now and if there is no further hurdle we will be able to complete the project as scheduled,” Khanal said.

The project had imported the TBM from China on September 15 and was deployed on September 25. According to Khanal, tunnel digging and cleaning process is continuing simultaneously.

The multipurpose project ill complete the tunnel digging process in the first phase. It will then construct the dam and hydropower plant in the second phase and the whole irrigation programme will be completed in the third phase.

As per the government’s plan, the multipurpose project will produce 48 megawatts of electricity and help irrigate 51,000 hectares of land in Banke and Bardiya districts. The powerhouse of the project will be constructed in Bheri Ganga municipality of Surkhet district.

Currently, the project is finalising the detailed study of the hydropower project and dam of the project. “It will be completed within the next few months and the work on the hydropower plant and dam will be started,” Khanal informed.

The government had initiated the project in 2011. As per the modality of the project, water from the Bheri River will be diverted to the Babai River and the multipurpose project will be completed. Due to delay in the construction of the tunnel, the overall progress of the project has been delayed.

Initially, six years back the government had estimated it would cost Rs 16.43 billion to complete the project. However, due to the delay in the progress of the project the total cost will increase. Then prime minister late Sushil Koirala had inaugurated the project on April 2, 2015. The government also listed the project as a national pride project.

A version of this article appears in print on January 05, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

As US surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, Wisconsin sounds alarm over surges in cases

NEW YORK: Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday declared a new public health emergency and extended a face mask mandate into November to fight a coronavirus flareup in his state, as the number of people who have died across the United States since the pandemic began passed 200,000. In-pers Read More...

Govt urged to implement apex court’s order on jailbirds

SC order aims to avoid crowds in prisons KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 22 The National Human Rights Commission has urged the government to implement provisions stipulated in the Criminal Offences (Determination and Execution of Sentence) Act-2017, for improvement of prison conditions. The NHRC made th Read More...

Code of conduct vital in journalism: Prez

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 22 President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called for journalists to fully abide by the code of conduct for consolidation of democracy. Addressing the 51st anniversary of the Press Council Nepal in Shital Niwas here today, the head of the state underscored the need of compl Read More...

Probe into prisoner’s death sought

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 22 Kin of a prisoner, who allegedly died of COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at Bir Hospital, have demanded investigation into the death. Ram Lakhan Jaiwal, 63, of Siddhartha Municipality-5, Rupandehi died at the hospital on Saturday. He had been serving sentence in the Read More...

Attempts to dismiss rape exposed, ward chair chased off

BARA, SEPTEMBER 22 There are reports of attempts to cover up a rape incident in Subarna Rural Municipality, Bara. What is worse, an elected local representative is learnt to have been involved in such attempts. On Friday evening, a 12-year-old girl was raped in Auraiya in Subarna Rural Municip Read More...

Schools in Byas moot possibility of physical classes

DAMAULI, SEPTEMBER 22 Byas Municipality today held a meeting with head teachers and principals of community and private schools to find a way for reopening schools that have been shut for a long time due to COVID-19. The municipality held a meeting to discuss the possibility of opening sch Read More...

126 lost lives in Gandaki landslides, floods this monsoon

POKHARA, SEPTEMBER 22 As many as 126 people lost their lives to natural disasters such as floods and landslides in Gandaki Province this monsoon. Gandaki Province Minister of Internal Affairs and Law Hari Bahadur Chuman said that most of the casualties happened in Myagdi and Baglung districts. Read More...

Probe panel recommends action against three cops

DHANGADI, SEPTEMBER 22 A probe committee formed to investigate the death of Amar Bahadur Chand, who died in Kailali Police Custody, has recommended action against three police personnel. Chand had died in the toilet of Bahuliya Border Police Post on August 12. The probe committee led by SP Raj Read More...