Residents of Nawalparasi and Rupandehi districts can finally bid farewell to erratic power supplies as the 220 KV Kaligandaki Corridor Transmission Line officially began operations on Monday. The 90-kilometer line, stretching from Khurkot in Parbat to the New Butwal Substation in Sunwal, marks a significant step towards ensuring reliable power delivery to these regions.
Energy Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the project, highlighting its crucial role in strengthening Nepal’s internal power grid and facilitating trans-border power trade. The high-capacity line, capable of transmitting 1,200 megawatts of power, will draw electricity generated by hydropower projects in the Kaligandaki River and its tributaries.
This development is expected to enhance the credibility of the integrated power system and improve voltage stability in Nawalparasi and Rupandehi. Additionally, it will pave the way for integrating power generated in the Mustang and Myagdi districts into the national grid.
The construction of the 220 KV Kaligandaki Corridor Transmission Line involved the installation of 236 towers and saw a total investment of Rs 11 billion from the government, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), and South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation of the Asian Development Bank.
Further improvements are on the horizon, with plans to extend the power grid from the New Butwal Substation to Bardaghat and construct another 220 KV line from Hetauda to New Butwal. These projects solidify Nepal’s commitment to providing reliable and sustainable power access throughout the country.