Islamabad: As per the latest news, the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has begun construction of a 75-kilometer 500-kV double-circuit transmission line to evacuate power from the Suki Kinari Hydropower Project, which has a capacity of 870 megawatts.

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The transmission will be connected to the Neelum-Jhelum transmission line, which has a capacity of 500 kV. Basic works such as survey and soil investigation, route validation, forest tree demarcation, approach and access roads, and so on have been accomplished by NTDC.

The first tower of the aforementioned transmission line was launched by NTDC Managing Director Muhammad Ayub at Garhi Habibullah in Kyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He told the NTDC teams and the contractor that they needed to finish the project by the deadline. As part of NTDC’s ongoing tree-planting initiative, the NTDC MD also planted a tree at the Suki Kinari hydropower plant’s powerhouse.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is funding the project with a budget of Rs79,930 million under the Public Sector Development Programmer (PSDP). By April 2023, the transmission line should be completed.

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