The state-owned power utility Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has energised the 56-km section of the 220 kV Bharatpur–Bardaghat transmission line project in the western region of Nepal.
The entire line of 74 km will run from Bharatpur, Chitwan to Bardaghat, Nawalparasi. NEA has charged the line section that stretches between Aaptari substation of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-11, and Arun River of Nawalparasi. From here, electricity will flow to the Bardaghat substation via an existing 132 kV line. Once the entire line has been fully charged, it will enable the transfer of 100 MW of electricity directly between Bharatpur and Bardaghat. Of the total 246 towers of the 220 kV line, 244 have been constructed and wired. Work on the final two towers is about to complete soon. The 220 kV line is part of the larger 220 kV Hetauda–Bharatpur–Bardaghat transmission line, being funded by the World Bank. It aims to enhance the transmission capacity and bolster the reliability of the Integrated Nepal Power System (INPS).