Arun III Project Nepal’s economic game changer

KATHMANDU: In an informal interaction program organized by the Neeti Anusandhan Pratisthan Nepal (NeNAP) titled “Experience sharing of Arun III Hydro-Power Project Management the officials from the Indian Embassy as well as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) shared their insights.

In an afternoon interaction session organized at Hotel Tapas in Battisputali, CEO of the project Arun Dhiman along with the Chief of Deputy Mission (CDM) of the Indian Embassy Dr. Ajay Kumar spoke on the importance and the opportunity that were ahead after the completion of the project.

The program that was conducted by the Executive Director of NeNAP Dr. Deepak Adhikari also had an informal Q&A session where Nepali Engineers asked questions along with academicians and technocrats.

Speaking at the program CEO Dhiman said that “30% of the project has been completed. The project will take off by September 2022”. The CEO also informed that this project had enabled the local population to thrive along with creating employment for 300 people. The project life of Arun III is 100 years, and it will generate 900 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity which will add on to the national grid of Nepal as well as bring in revenue.

“I am extremely delighted to be here, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with the Government of Nepal,” said CDM Dr. Ajay Kumar at the program. “This will double the  production capacity that Nepal has and will earn foreign currency which will compensate for its increasing imports,” he said.

The Arun III project is an underground powerhouse project with the ability to withstand an earthquake of 8.5 Richter scale. This project is located in the Sankuwasabha district and 60 kilometers of blacktopped roads have been constructed to connect different sites in the region.