UNDP and Himal Power Limited, a private power producer company in Nepal, launched a partnership project (2007-2010) to increase electricity access to villages near the Khimti Hydropower Plant (60MW) site. The project is being implemented by the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, a government body under the overall framework of another UNDP-assisted project called the Rural Energy Development Programme.
The KiND Project will supply electricity to about 3100 hitherto marginalised households by constructing a 400 kilowatt mini-hydro power plant and establishing rural electrification and distribution grids. At the same time, various initiatives will be undertaken to build essential infrastructures, promote local entrepreneurship, and foster community development. These initiatives will tap on the expertise of other UNDP assisted projects, including the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme, to achieve synergy.
This $3.85 million-project, $200,000 of which is contributed by UNDP and the rest by the Government of Norway and Himal Power Limited, is expected to improve the standards of living in the households of 10 Village Development Committees spread over Dolakha and Ramechhap districts.