With court ruling, Bharatpur-Bardaghat transmission project will construct last 2 pylons
The Nepal-India Power Transmission and Trading Project plans to erect the two remaining pylons for the 74 km Bharatpur-Bardaghat transmission line after winning a court battle against Dumkibas residents in Nawalparasi more than 20 years ago. ‘a month.
Work on the project had been halted since April last year after the Supreme Court, acting on a petition by residents of the Dumkibas area, Posted an injunction against the project. But on June 27 this year, a joint bench of Prakash Kumar Dhungana and Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada released the interim order paving the way for the erection of the two remaining pylons.
The project has recently written to the District Chief of Nawalparasi to determine compensation for land acquisition so that he can resume work.
“We have written to the CDO of Nawalparasi (East) to determine the compensation to be paid to the owners of the land where the pylons will be erected,” said Shyam Kumar Yadav, head of the Nepal-India Power Transmission and Trading Project under the NEA. “But as the full text of the Supreme Court order has not yet been received, the compensation determination committee, which is headed by the District Chief, has not been able to convene a meeting. “
According to Land Acquisition Act 2077, the prefect presides over the commission for setting compensation. The committee should determine the compensation based on the guidelines issued by the Nepalese government from time to time. Since the land under the transmission line cannot be used for any purpose other than agriculture and the compensation offered by the government is usually less than the market value of the land, the locals do not want to provide land to the transmission line projects.
Yadav said the local government did not recommend the price of land in the area in the absence of the full text from the Supreme Court.
The project has already erected 244 of the 246 transmission line towers. The two pylons span a distance of about five kilometers, according to Dirghayu Kumar Shrestha, chief transmission officer at the NEA.
“It won’t take more than a month to erect the remaining pylons. Once the land acquisition process is completed, we will get to work and load the power transmission line from Bharatpur to Bardaghat,” Yadav said.
Shortly after the June Supreme Court order, the NEA loaded the completed sections of the transmission line.
According to the power utility, it charged electricity on a 56 km section – from Aptari substation in Bharatpur to Arun Khola substation in Nawalparasi – of the transmission line of 74 km at 220 kV at the end of June. From Arun Khola, electricity was transmitted over the old 132 kV transmission line to Bardaghat.
Currently, there is a 132 kV transmission line from Bharatpur to Bardaghat which can only carry a maximum of 80 MW, according to the NEA.
“With the construction of the 220 kV transmission line, the NEA will be able to supply electricity to the western parts of the country, which will help reduce the import of electricity from India through the region of Tanakpur,” NEA Director General Kul Man Ghising said in the NEA. Press statement published on June 30.
NEA officials say a low-capacity transmission system across the country has hampered large-scale transmission. Therefore, their priority was to upgrade the existing transmission system.
Shrestha said once the substation under construction at Aptari, Bharatpur is ready, the transmission line can be loaded to 220 kV.
According to Yadav, it may take until December or January next year to complete the construction of the 220kV substation in Bharatpur. Even though the Supreme Court cleared the way for the NEA to complete the remaining works of the transmission line, the question remains whether the residents would accept the compensation offered by the government and allow the project to proceed.
“Now our priority is to provide proper compensation to landowners,” Shrestha said. “If the residents refuse the compensation offered and continue to obstruct, we may have to seek administrative measures to resume work.”
Due to local obstructions, the NEA had repeatedly extended the deadline for the project.
“If all obstructions are removed immediately, we can complete the Hetauda-Dhalkebar-Inaruwa transmission line by 2023,” Yadav said.
Officials and experts say the protracted judicial process has long been one of the main obstacles to the realization of important development projects in the country.
“For any delays, the NEA must pay fines to contractors and additional interest on loans to creditors. Moreover, the electricity produced by several hydropower projects is wasted if the transmission line is not completed on time,” former Energy Secretary Anup Upadhyay said. “The court must understand the losses the nation is suffering for the delay in reaching a verdict.”