PARBAT: The test production of the mid-Modi hydropower project that was constructed in Parbat has gone successful. The 18-MW hydro project, constructed by Middle Modi Hydropower Limited, has undertaken test production after eight years. The hydropower project is making preparation to go for commercial production after successful test production, shared project chief Praveen Desar.
The project construction had begun in December 2014. “The construction was initiated in a way to complete the construction in three years. The construction time was elongated to five years due to several challenges in course of the construction”, he noted.
The water flowing through Annapurna rural municipality-3, Birethanti of Kaski, and nearby Modi rural municipality-1, Bhurungdanda of Parbat has been channelized to Modi rural municipality-2, Samadi of Parbat for the project purpose. Water has been brought through a tunnel with a length of 2,840 meters and is being flown to the Modi River through 70-meter long terrace.
As per the agreement, the Nepal Electricity Authority constructed a four-kilometer-long transmission line from the powerhouse site to Deupur before the project construction was completed.
According to Electricity Authority Parbat Distribution Centre, Shiva Narayan Goshali, the time period of 15 days after the completion of test production was kept as a trial phase.
The power to be generated from the Mid-Modi hydropower project would be integrated into the national transmission line after installing it to the 132-KV line.
The project cost has reached Rs 4.92 billion. The project’s estimated time was protracted due to recurring protests by project employees and citizens of the affected zone and natural calamities.