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Work on Solu Corridor transmission line set to resume in Nepal [free access]

October 14, 2020

State-owned power company Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has announced that the work on the long-delayed Solu Corridor 132 kV double-circuit transmission line is set to be resumed after sorting out issues with the local residents. Already 95 per cent of the work on the project has been completed, with 288 of the 302 towers installed.


The 132 kV project entails the construction of a 90-km-long, double-circuit transmission line with a cardinal conductor from the Tingla (Solu) substation to the Mirchaiya substation, and a new 132/33 kV substation at Tingla, which is the main output of the project.


The Export Import (EXIM) Bank of India and the Government of Nepal (GoN) are jointly financing the USD29 million project. In 2015, India-based Mohan Energy Cooperation Private Limited was selected as the contractor for the project.


The project work had been facing continuous delays for the past two years due to opposition from the locals of Maruwa Harit Community Forest of Katari Municipality-4 of Udaypur district. The locals had demanded compensation for their land on the line route and that the transmission line tower be shifted elsewhere.