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Electric Wires Underground Latest Update

NEA has started installing wires underground, estimated 7 billion projects had a deadline of October 2021, this underground power supply system helps to give natural look to Kathmandu, the project is supported by Asian Development Bank and Government of Nepal. The work is given to Indian company KEI Industries Limited.

NEA is taking power lines of Maharajgunj Distribution Center and Ratna Park Distribution Center underground. Maharajganj Distribution Center covers the northern part of Kathmandu including Gongabu, Tokha and Baluwatar, among, others while Ratna Park Distribution Center supplies power to old parts of Kathmandu like New Road, Thamel and Tripureshwar.

The project is worth Rs 7.41 billion. KEI Industries Limited will create underground infrastructure for distributing power supply from 400 to 11,000 voltage cables, according to NEA officials.

As per NEA, the Maharajgunj Distribution Centre covers Baluwatar, Budhanilkantha, Tokha, Gongabu, Maharajgunj, and its periphery and the contractor will lay 250 kilometre-long power lines of 11,000 voltage capacity. Similarly, it will lay 400 Kilometers long 400 voltage capacity underground cables. The telecom companies and internet service providers will also lay 250 Kilometers long optical cables in the aforesaid areas in coordination with NEA.

Moreover, the Ratnapark Distribution Centre covers Ratnapark, Newroad, Anamnagar, Thamel, Tripureshwor, Singhadurbar, Lazimpat, Airport, New Baneshwor, Gaushala, Chabahil, Jorpati, among other areas. The contractor will lay 200 Kilometers long 11,000 voltage cables in these areas along with 400 Kilometers long 400 voltage underground cables. Other companies will also lay 200 Kilometers long optical fibre cables in the areas.

Valley citizens won’t have to worry about another round of road digging, as the NEA is deploying a new technology called horizontal directional drilling. It is a trenchless method of installing underground pipes of cables.

Kul Man Ghising, ex managing director of NEA, said the second phase of laying underground cables in the remaining areas of Kathmandu, and major urban areas of various districts, including Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Bharatpur, Morang and Jhapa, will be carried out phase-wise.

This project will help -
- bring back the beauty of Kathmandu (which is affected by unmanaged wires)
- reduces electricity-related accidents
- all houses will have smart meters
- reduces electricity leakage
- distribution will be more managed


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