Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has intensified the installation of solar lamps along the main streets in the capital keeping in mind the upcoming 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit scheduled here next month.
The NEA has planned to install around 1,600 solar lamps in the major streets in capital in view of the SAARC Summit. Baneshwor, Sundhara and Bhadrakali areas are already equipped with solar lamps. The installation is going on in other areas at war footing. Each lamp is 40 megawatt.
The installation of solar lamps in the valley streets would provide relief to the capital denizens during load-shedding hours, NEA officiating executive director Ramchandra Pandey said. The installation of solar lamps is being carried under the NEA’s street lamp improvement project which is supported by the government and the Asian Development Bank. The installation of solar lamps which will be done in two phases is expected to cost Rs 110 million.
Under the first-phase, 960 lamps will be installed within this month. Similarly, 640 new electric poles will be erected under the project. The Airport-Tinkune section, Maitighar, Tripureshwor, Kalimati, Soalteemod, Singha Durbar, Padmodaya Mode, Tundikhel, Kamalpokhari, Kirtipur, Patan, Bhaktapur, Thimi, Gaushala, and the Pashupati area have been chosen for the solar lamp installation.
Under the second phase, 655 lamps will be installed in Putalisadak, King’s Way, Naxal, and Baluwatar areas, the NEA said.