During the monthly meet-the press, yesterday, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said the mega hydro projects in the form of the 2,560 MW Sunkosh and the 2,640 MW Kuri-Gongri reservoir projects are still on the table as part of the 10,000 MW package.
“As it involves two countries, discussions are on the way with the government of India with regard to budget, and there is no fixed date line as to when it can start but it will start as soon as Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of India can come to terms,” said Lyonchhen.
He said the DPR for the Sunkosh was complete and funds for the DPR of Kuri Gongri were being sought.
Lyonchhen pointed out that the hydropower projects like Punatsangchu I and II which have already started construction had to face geographical surprises which hindered the smooth progress of the projects and was very expensive. He, however, said that the projects are back on track.
The PM said that work on the Kholongchu project has begun and the work on the Chamkharchhu project is expected to start soon. “We are in discussions with the government of India,” said Lyonchhen.
“Today all the hydropower Projects like Chukha, Tala, Dagachu, Kurichu bring in about 1,600 Mega watt and once the work of the big hydro power projects such as Punatsangchu I, Punatsangchu II and Mangdechu is completed, it is expected to generate almost 3000 Mega Watt of electricity and it will be a jump for the country,” said Lyonchhen.
While projects like Kholongchu, Wangchu, Chamkharchu and Bunakha are joint-ventures, Kuri-Gongri and the Sunkosh are intergovernmental reservoir projects.