Nepal | January 18, 2021

India proposes to construct Lower Arun Hydro Project

Rastriya Samachar Samiti
Share Now:

NEW DELHI: The Government of India has proposed the construction of Lower Arun Hydropower Project with a capacity of 400 Megawatts (MWs).

In a meeting with Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Barshaman Pun at New Delhi on Monday, Indian Minister of State for Power, Raj Kumar Singh put forth a proposal that the new project can be developed adopting the same model of 900-MW Arun III Project.

“A proposal has been made from the Indian side to develop Lower Arun on the same model adopted by the Indian company while constructing Arun III. Nepal has put its stance for further discussion observing the progress in the construction of Arun III,” Minister Pun said.

Minister Pun arrived in the Indian capital city, New Delhi, to participate in the International Sustainable Development Conference that started from Monday.

The Energy Minister had previously scrapped the licence for the construction of Lower Arun Project from the Brazilian company “Brass Power” as per the directive from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). The company did not make any progress on the project during the 15-year duration after the licence was awarded to them.

The project investment is estimated to be over Rs 100 billion. According to Minister Pun, the project would be of around 1,000 MW capacity if it is designed in a way to export power to India.

The Department of Electricity Development is carrying out the project feasibility and detailed study. Meanwhile, India has put forth the proposal to build Lower Arun by keeping all conditions stipulated in Arun III.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Price of precious metals fall

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 16 The price action of precious metals in the trading week of January 10 to 15 suggests investor indecision and impending volatility in the international markets. According to the rate list of the Federation of Nepal Gold and Silver Dealers’ Association (FeNeGoSiDA), gold Read More...

Sherpa, Acharya take lead

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 16 Pemba Sherpa and Sadbhav Acharya took lead after the first day of the Indian Ambassador’s Invitational Golf Tournament here at the Gokarna Golf Club today. Played under stabelford 3/4 handicap format, the seven-handicap amateur golfer Sherpa earned 39 points to stay Read More...

Tikapur carnage convict says he will revolt for justice

DHANGADI, JANUARY 16 Laxman Tharu, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the Tikapur carnage by the High Court, said he would start a revolt for justice. Tharu, who had been underground following the High Court’s verdict, informed about his preparations to take up a Read More...

Over 2,000 absconding convicts nabbed

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 16 Nepal Police said it arrested a total of 2,332 persons absconding after being convicted for various crimes from different parts of the country in fiscal 2019-20. Nepal Police claimed jail sentence of 1,378 years along with around Rs 380 million in fine from them. The numb Read More...

Britain invites G7 leaders to Cornish resort for June summit

LONDON: Britain announced plans to hold the first in-person meeting of the G7 for nearly two years in June, inviting the leaders of major developed economies to a picturesque seaside village to discuss rebuilding from the pandemic and climate change. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to us Read More...

Facebook to ban ads promoting weapon accessories, protective gear in US

Facebook Inc said on Saturday it will ban advertisements for weapon accessories and protective equipment in the United States with immediate effect until at least two days after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Following the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump Read More...

Betty White marks 99th birthday Sunday; up late as she wants

LOS ANGELES:  True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email. White's low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularl Read More...

NASA's Boeing moon rocket cuts short 'once-in-a-generation' ground test

WASHINGTON: NASA’s deep space exploration rocket built by Boeing briefly ignited all four engines of its behemoth core stage for the first time on Saturday, cutting short a crucial test to advance a years-delayed US government program to return humans to the moon in the next few years. Mounted in Read More...