Transmission link from India to Nepal experiences delays

The supply of electricity from India to Nepal through the 132 kV Raxaul-Parwanipur transmission line is yet to be initiated even six months after the completion of its construction and successful test transmission. Reportedly, the reasons for the delay in project commissioning are the finalisation of tariff and modality of power trade between the two countries, the paper work associated with the project, which are yet to be cleared by the concerned authorities, and technical glitches like clearing of vegetation along the associated 132 kV line. India-based Mohan Energy has implemented the project. The 22 km long transmission line has been built according to an agreement between the Nepal and Indian governments to build electricity transmission lines at three bordering points. Of the total line length, 17 km lies in Nepal and the remaining 5 km in India. Initially, the line will be used to export electricity from India to Nepal’s Birgunj-Pathlaiya Industrial Corridor, and later it will also be utilised to import electricity to India if Nepal has surplus production.