Reconstruction of Upper Bhotekoshi hydel project likely to take two more years

February 27, 2018

The Himalayan Times, February 27, 2018

CHAUTARA: The Upper Bhotekoshi Hydropower Project of 45 megawatt capacity, which had been closed for the past three years after the Gorkha earthquake and subsequent floods, is likely to take two more years to generate power after completion of the ongoing reconstruction works.

The project, located in Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality of Sindhupalchok district and run by the private sector, having shut down production for a total of five years due to various reasons, had to bear a huge loss. The repercussions of the shut-down had to be borne not just by the company, but by the nation as well.

Prior to the damage caused by the 2015 earthquake and the Bhotekoshi floods, the project had also suffered a heavy loss due to the Jure landslide of August 2, 2014, which had damaged the project’s transmission line tower, dam site, power house, and many other equipment. After this, the power generation had shut-down for almost four months.

Executive Director of the Project Bikram Sthapit said that in terms of investment the reconstruction of the project has been as costly as developing a new one.

Sthapit also informed that the contract for the project reconstruction has been given to China’s Sino Hydro Company to complete the task within two years with an investment of Rs 7 billion.