Land acquisition, compensation dispute main problem in construction of transmission lines

Kathmandu, Dec 25: At a time the government has declared that the power-cut would be ended within a year in a meaningful way, the construction of transmission lines has been facing problem.

A total of 48 under-construction transmission lines to be constructed with the support of the government, Nepal Electricity Authority and donor agencies are facing the same problem. The construction works on these projects has not moved ahead sue to dispute over land acquisition and compensation distribution issues, and obstruction by the locals.

The transmission line of Khimti Corridor has been facing the problem due to land dispute for the past 10 years.

Similarly, land expropriation dispute has surfaced regarding the Sindhuli section of the Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line expansion project and it has not been resolved yet.

A total of 17 projects on construction of transmission line at the joint investment of the government and NEA, four at the investment of Industry Ministry, seven at the joint investment of government and the Asian Development Bank, five at the investment of government and World Bank, four at the joint investment of government and India and two at the investment of government, the government of Germany and European Investment Bank are now in different phases of construction.

Similarly, construction of 18 transmission line construction projects, which are selected, have not moved ahead as budget has not been allocated to them.