Kathmandu, February 15: The 4th meetings of the Indo-Nepal Joint Working Group (JWG) and Joint Steering Committee (JSC) on Power Cooperation were held on Tuesday. Both Country decided to endorse the detailed project report of the 400 kV Butwal-Gorakhpur cross-border transmission line.
During the JSC meeting, Nepal proposed that both countries take the initiative for construction of the transmission lines that fall in their territory and the energy secretary-level meeting urged the technical committee to recommend the funding modality to the JSC.
The Nepalese side conveyed its deep appreciation for the efforts by the Government of India to supply enhanced quantities of electricity to Nepal that has made several parts of the country, including Kathmandu, free of load-shedding this winter. The current import 380 MW of power from India has been possible by virtue of the installation of additional transformer at Muzaffarpur by the Indian side, as also by technical improvements at Tanakpur at the request of the Nepalese side.
With the commissioning of two new lines - Raxaul-Parwanipur and Kataiya-Kusaha - the installed capacity for export of power to Nepal will increase by another 100 to 120 MW by the end of February 2017. Further, with completion of 220 kV substation at Dhalkebar, the installed capacity will increase to almost 700 MW by the middle of 2017.The Indian side conveyed its willingness to supply additional electricity to Nepal. On the existing and new transmission lines the quantity and price of these supplies will be decided by the concerned agencies on the two sides. The Indian side also agreed to extend technical assistance for improvement of existing infrastructure so that the era of load-shedding can end in Nepal for good.
The Committees also discussed the progress of various hydropower projects, concern was expressed regarding delays in acquisition of forest land for Arun-III and Upper Karnali projects which have led to delays in works and economic viability of the projects. The Nepalese side conveyed that these issues would be resolved within two months.