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7.5 MW-Jogmai Hydro project starts power generation

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ILAM — The Ilam-based Jogmai Khola Hydro-power Project has entered the production phase. Power generated from the 7.5 Megawatt-Project has been linked to the national grid of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

The project promoted by the private sector is based in the Jogmai River that runs through the confluence of Namsaling and Naya Bazar of the district.

According to project developer Sanvi Energy’s managing director Bhanu Pokhrel, power produced from the project has been supplied to the NEA’s two substations at Godak. The powerhouse is capable of producing 4.3 million units of power annually.

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As per the power purchase agreement reached between the project and NEA, the NEA shall purchase power at Rs 4.80 paisa per unit in the rainy season while in winter this prices goes up to Rs 8.40 paisa per unit.

The agreement shall remain into effect for the next 30 years. The price rate shall increase by three per cent yearly from the date of the power production on a commercial scale until the next five years.

It took 27 months to complete the project that cost Rs 1.5 billion.

The project financed by Laxmi Bank is supported by the Prabhu, Vibor Society Development and Kailash Development Banks.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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