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SJVN CMD calls on PM Nepal for more hydro projects

During his meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal, SJVN CMD requested him to consider SJVN for development of more hydro-electric projects in Arun Basin and at other locations in Nepal

SJVN CMD calls on PM Nepal for more hydro projects
SJVN CMD calls on PM Nepal for more hydro projects

New Delhi: SJVN Limited’s Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Nand Lal Sharma is on an official visit to the 900 MW Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Nepal. During his visit, Sharma met Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli and Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Bishnu Prasad Paudel on Saturday at Kathmandu. Sharma apprised Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister with the progress of the 900 MW Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project. He also thanked the Prime Minister for allocating the 679 MW Lower Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project to SJVN.

Sharma emphasized that for the hydropower sector, the integrated river basin development approach is the best option as it results in economic viability and boosts infrastructural development. Integrated river basin development will result in the optimisation of resources and faster project completion at a lower cost. It would further ensure the overall socio-economic development of the region. He requested Prime Minister to consider SJVN for the development of more hydroelectric projects in the Arun Basin and at other locations in Nepal.

The CMD told Napalese PM that SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company (SAPDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SJVN limited is executing the 900 MW Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project in Nepal. Prime Minister of India and Prime Minister of Nepal jointly laid the foundation of SJVN’s 900 MW Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project. The total project cost is estimated to be Rs 7,000 crore, which includes both generation and transmission parts. He further shared that around 3,500 persons would get direct employment during the construction of the project which also includes the transmission component of the project.

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The Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project (900 MW) is located on the Arun River in the Sankhuwasabha district of Eastern Nepal. The Run-of-River scheme envisages 70 meters high concrete gravity Dam and Head Race Tunnel (HRT) of 11.74 Kilometer with the underground powerhouse containing four generating units of 225 MW each.

Prime Minister of Nepal expressed satisfaction with the progress of ongoing activities at the project sites and showed keen interest in visiting the project sites of the Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project.

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