June 13, 2021 | Investopaper
Five big power projects will be constructed from the Arun River. They will generate 3,253 MW of electricity in total. Of the five major projects, the physical construction of the 900 MW Arun III Hydropower Project is in full swing. The project has been handed over to Satluj Hydropower Corporation of India through the Investment Board formed under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
The Lower Arun Power Project (470 MW) to be constructed in Heluwabensi, Chewabensi and Chandanpur areas of Khandbari Municipality has also been handed over to the same Satlujj Hydropower Corporation by the Government of Nepal.
Of the projects already identified and surveyed by the Department of Electricity Development, survey license of Upper Arun (1,061 MW) and Kimathanka Arun (450 MW) have been issued to two companies under the Nepal Electricity Authority.
The 1,061-megawatt semi-reservoir project to be constructed in Chepuwa, Rukma and Namuchi villages of Bhotkhola village municipality will be constructed by Upper Arun Hydro Electric Company, a subsidiary of Nepal Electricity Authority.
Similarly, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has set up a company called Vidyut Utpadan Company Limited to promote the 450 MW Kimathangka Arun Power Project identified in Chhumsur, Ridak area of Bhotkhola village near the border of Nepal and China.
Similarly, 372 MW Arun 4 will be constructed in Saksila, Tungkhaling, Pavakhola and Simma areas of Bhotkhola Municipality. Five power projects on the Arun River alone are expected to generate more than 3,000 MW.