SOLUKHUMBU : The Dudhkoshi Hydropower Nepal has received a license to develop the hydel project Dudh Koshi-2 which has a 70 megawatt capacity.
The company’s Public Relations Officer Janakraj Khanal said that the license was received on Monday for power development in Dudhkoshi river at the Thulung Dudhkoshi Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu district.
Khanal said that a dam for this reservoir-based project will be constructed at Barkhughat in the rural municipality while the power house will be developed at Khanyokharka by constructing a three kilometre long tunnel.
The capacity of the project was reduced to 230 megawatt from 70 megawatt, and the total estimated cost now is Rs 14 billion. According to Khanal, a power purchase agreement with the government is in the process of the project which is being developed by Indian investment.
For this, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has forwarded the documents to the Electricity Regulatory Commission, he said. The power development of the project will begin within three months. Similarly, the environmental impact assessment report of the project has been sent to the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy for approval.
Khanal added that construction works will be initiated immediately after the approval is received from the Ministry of Forest and Environment once it is approved from the Energy Ministry. Upon completion of these processes, survey of road to the project site, land acquisition and other key priorities will also be initiated.