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Land acquisition for Arun-III transmission line

Nepal, Janakpur: Land acquisition to construct a transmission line for Nepal’s largest hydropower project, Arun-III, has been initiated from Dhanusha.

The District Administration Office (DAO), has already started the process to procure 8,000 m2 (5 bigha) land to construct a substation at Dhalkebar and site office for the project.

India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), which is constructing the Arun-III hydro project, has informed authorities about the construction of transmission line from Dhanusha. It has divided the areas around Dhanusha into five sectors where towers for transmission line will be set up.

For the transmission line that runs through seven districts including the main hydropower site Sankhuwasabha, a total of 35.27 km is covered in Dhanusha alone. As many as 104 towers will be built in Dhanusha.

The SJVN has also asked other districts to start the land procurement for the construction of 400 kVA transmission line, which will have a distance of 217 km. The transmission line will link the powerhouse of Arun-III at Sankhuwasabha’s Diding to India-Nepal border at Mahottari.

It will run through, Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur, Khotang, Udaypur, Siraha, Dhanusha and Mahottari of Nepal to Muzaffarpur in Bihar, India. The transmission line will add an additional 200 MW electricity to Nepal’s national transmission line from Dhalkebar substation, whereas it will transfer the remaining electricity to India, as per the agreement.

The Government of India has approved investment for transmission component of Arun-III Hydro project (Nepal portion) for an estimated cost of $168.3 M (Rs1,236.13 crore).

Source: Business World

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