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About Nepal Water Resource Portal

The Nepal Water Resource Portal provides a complete picture of Nepal’s water resources and its varied uses. It is a database of all major and minor rivers and river basins along with operational, under construction and under survey hydropower projects on these rivers. In addition, the website includes irrigation projects and groundwater level across the country, giving a spatial representation of Nepal’s water resource and its utilities.


The team working on the portal was inspired by the lack of composite information on how water resources are used or at times even exploited. This portal, therefore, provides a tool to analyze water resources and the development of a region. It uses GIS to locate the infrastructure projects on each river, within the administrative boundaries along with the salient features of those projects, bringing to light the developmental trajectory of our rivers.

River with Hydropower Projects

mai khola

2

Projects

Kalanga Nadi

Bajhang,Doti

  • Upper Kalangad Hydropower Project
  • Kalanga Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Chauri Khola

Kabhrepalanchok,Okhaldhunga,Ramechhap,Rukum_W,Sindhupalchok,Solukhumbu

  • Chauri Khola Hydropower Project
  • Upper Chauri Khola Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Phalakhu Khola

Nuwakot,Rasuwa

  • Phalakhu Khola Hydropower Project
  • Phalakhu Khola Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Chirkhuwa Khola

Bhojpur,Sankhuwasabha

  • Upper Chirkuwa Khola Hydropower Project
  • Lower Chirkhuwa Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Tara Khola

Baglung,Pyuthan

  • Tara Khola Community (Mini) Hydropower Project
  • Middle Tara Khola Small Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Nilgiri Khola

Myagdi

  • Nilgiri Khola Hydropower Project
  • Nilgiri Khola-II cascade Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Buku Khola

Dailekh,Okhaldhunga,Solukhumbu

  • Buku-Kapati Hydropower Project
  • Buku Khola Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Richet Khola

Gorkha

  • Richet Khola Small Hydropower Project
  • Upper Richet Khola Small Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Nwa Gad

Darchula

  • Nwa Gad Hydropower Project
  • Lower Nwagad Small Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Belkhu Khola

Dhading,Makawanpur

  • Belkhu Khola Hydropower Project
  • Upper Belkhu Small Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Tila Khola

Rukum_E

  • Tila-1 Hydropower Project
  • Tila-2 Hydropower Project
mai khola

2

Projects

Hadi Khola

Gorkha,Kabhrepalanchok,Kaski,Khotang,Lamjung,Sindhuli,Sindhupalchok,Solukhumbu,Syangja,Tanahu,Udayapur

  • Upper Hadi Khola Hydropower Project
  • Hadi Khola (Sunkoshi) A Hydropower Project

Hydropower Projects

mai khola

Thapa Khola Hydropower Project

Mustang

  • Commercial Operation Date : 2017-12-08
  • Installed Capacity : 11.2 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
mai khola

Daraundi A Hydroelectric Project

Gorkha

  • Commercial Operation Date : 2016-12-27
  • Installed Capacity : 6 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
mai khola

Jhyari Khola Small Hydropower Project

Sindhupalchok

  • Commercial Operation Date : 2016-07-16
  • Installed Capacity : 2 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
mai khola

Nau Gad Khola Hydropower Project

Darchula

  • Commercial Operation Date : 2015-08-19
  • Installed Capacity : 8.5 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
mai khola

Upper Hugdi Hydropower Project

Gulmi

Ru Ru Jalbidhyut Pariyojana Ltd. obtained survey license of capacity 5 MW from Department of Electricity Development (DoED) for the development of Upper Hugdi Khola Hydropower Project located at Hugdi Khola of Gulmi district. During feasibility study period of the project, Nepal Electricity Authority has fixed the ceiling for design discharge at 65% probability of exceedence on the basis of which the installed capacity of the project was fixed at 2625kW. After completion of feasibility study and further river flow measurement and exploration of different options to increase the capacity so that financial soundness could be increased. In the mean time, Nepal Electricity Authority has announced to purchase the electricity of those projects which installed capacity is fixed with design discharge at least 40% probability of exceedence which was awaiting policy to the company. Due to formulation of this policy exploitation of potentiality of the river as well as project’s financial soundness could be increased by increasing the power output in marginal increase in project cost. This could make the project more feasible in the current situation of construction cost increase and stagnant energy price.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 2015-03-23
  • Installed Capacity : 5 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
mai khola

Midim Khola Hydropower Project

karapu, Lamjung

Midim Khola (Karapu), a 3 MW run of river hydropower project is located in Karaputar VDC of Lamjung district in Western Nepal. The project has a catchment area of ~137 sq. km. The Power Generation License was obtained from the Ministry of Energy on August 22, 2012, valid for 35 years including the period of construction. The project was developed on the basis of Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) and began its commercial operation on 2 nd February 2018.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 2018-01-29
  • Installed Capacity : 3 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
mai khola

Mai Cascade Hydropower Station

Illam

Mai Cascade Hydropower Station is a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power station with an installed capacity of 7 MW. This power station is located at Danabari VDC in Ilam district of Nepal. The plant utilizes tail water of Mai Hydropower Station.[1] The construction of power station started on 2013 and completed in 2015. The power is evacuated through 33 kV transmission line of about 4.0 km length up to switchyard area of Mai hydropower project. The transmission line is further connected to the national grid of Nepal through the 132KV transmission line.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 2016-04-01
  • Installed Capacity : 7 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
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Hewa Khola A Hydropower Project

Panchthar

  • Commercial Operation Date : 2017-04-23
  • Installed Capacity : 14.9 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
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Sabha Khola Hydropower Project

Sankhuwasabha

Sabha khola Hydroelectric Project lies in Sankhuwasabha district of Koshi zone in Eastern Development Region. The project is located in Dhupu and Syabun VDC of Sankhuwasabha district. The headworks site is located at about 900m downstream from the confluence of Dhupu khola and Sabhakhola at Dhupu VDC ward no 3 and Okten of Syabun VDC at the other side. The approach canal, headrace canal and penstock alignment will run along the right bank of Sabha Khola in Dhupu VDC. The proposed powerhouse site is located at the right bank of Sabha Khola near Katahare at Dhupu VDC ward no.2. All the components are located on the right bank of Sabhakhola.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 2017-09-20
  • Installed Capacity : 3.3 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-RIver
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Tungun-Thosne Khola Hydropower Project

Illam

The Tungun-Thosne Hydropower Project is located about 25 km from the Ring Road of Kathmandu and is easily accessible via Tikabhairavand KantiLokpath. The project is a cascade project where the water of Tungun River is diverted to Thosne River after which the first stage generation of 4.360 MW is achieved. The tailrace water from the first stage generation yields the generation of 2 MW which is produced by the Khani Khola Hydropower Project.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 2016-11-24
  • Installed Capacity : 4.36 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
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Khani Khola Hydropower Project

Lalitpur

The Tungun-Thosne and Khani Khola Hydropower Projects are located about 25 km from the Ring Road of Kathmandu and are easily accessible via Tikabhairavand KantiLokpath. Access road from Chhapeli at KantiLokpath near Bhattedanda to Tungun-Thosne and Khani Khola powerhouses have been completed by PEDC with local support. Similarly a 2.5 km access road from Bhattedanda to Thosne Khola, recently completed by the local community with financial assistance from PEDC provides easy access to the headworks of Thosne and Tungun Khola. The project is a cascade project where the water of Tungun River is diverted to Thosne River after which the first stage generation of 4.360 MW is achieved. The tailrace water from the first stage generation yields the generation of 2 MW (Khani Khola Hydropower Project). Hence the total installed capacity of the two projects is 6.43 MW. The annual energy saleable by generation from the two projects is 32.27 GWh.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 2016-11-24
  • Installed Capacity : 2 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
mai khola

Jogmai Khola Small Hydroelectric Project

Illam

  • Commercial Operation Date : 2017-05-01
  • Installed Capacity : 7.6 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River