On 13-11-2008, India and Nepal reviewed the progress of a power project under which New Delhi would provide its Himalayan neighbour 60 MW of power, beginning from December 1. Initially, India would supply 20 MW of power from Talang in Bihar to Nepal. "Later, another 40 MW of power would be supplied through the transmission links in Bihar," Minister of state for Power Jairam Ramesh told PTI in New Delhi after meeting Nepal's Water Resources and Power minister Bishnu Paudel here.
Emergency restoration programme has been launched to repair some of the transmission links in Bihar as well as Nepal that were washed away in the recent floods after river Kosi changed its course. These links would carry power supply from India to Nepal.
India would supply 60 MW of power as part of an understanding reached between Power Trading Corporation and Nepal Electricity Authority recently.
"While today Nepal is buying power from India, by 2013, it would be India which would purchase electricity from Nepal," said Ramesh, adding the transmission line improvement project will be implemented in the next two years at a cost of Rs 200 crore. The Indian side has also agreed to allow Power Trading Corporation to pick up 30 per cent stake in the newly formed Power Trading Corporation of Nepal. The balance would be held by the Nepal Government and investors including private parties.
The two sides also reviewed the progress of the 400 kV Muzzafarpur-Dhelkabar link that is being implemented by ILFS and the Nepal Electricity Authority. It is a 170-km link and will cost around Rs. 200 crore and will be essential for exporting power from Nepal to India by 2012-13. On his part, Mr. Poudel urged Mr. Jairam to impress upon Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) to move faster in implementation of the 402-MW Arun-III project.