India stated today that it would export 145 Megawatt electricity to Nepal via two newly built cross-border transmission lines. This comes days after New Delhi got the request from Kathmandu to supply more power to end chronic load-shedding.
Indian Embassy stated that, “Export of power to Nepal is expected to increase by around 145 MW shortly through two 132 kV transmission lines.”
Construction of the two lines (Katiya-Kusaha and Raxual-Parwanipur cross border) was completed last month. Soon after the completion, India was requested by Nepal to provide electricity through these two lines.
Last week, Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay urged Power Minister Piyush Goyal to expedite the process.
A team of Nepal Electricity Authority will soon visit India to finalise the tariff and modality of power trade between the two countries, according to officials.
“In 2016, export of power to Nepal increased by around 145 MW with the commissioning of Muzaffarpur (India) and Dhalkhebar (Nepal) transmission lines,” officials had said.
“For the first time, India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to net exporter of electricity,” Power Ministry has said.