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The test production of the Mid-Modi Hydropower Project constructed in Parbat has succeeded. 

The 18-MW power project, constructed by Middle Modi Hydropower Limited, has conducted its test production after eight years. The hydropower project is preparing for commercial production after successful test run, said project chief Praveen Desar. 

The project construction began in December 2014. "The construction was initiated in a way to complete the construction in three years. He noted that the construction time was extended to five years due to several challenges in the course of the construction,” he noted. 

The water flowing through Annapurna Rural Municipality-3, Birethanti of Kaski and nearby Modi Rural Municipality-1, Bhurungdanda of Parbat has been channelled to Modi Rural Municipality-2, Samadi of Parbat for the project purpose. Water has been brought through a tunnel with the length of 2,840 meters and is being flown to the Modi River through 70-meter long terrace. 

As per the agreement, the Nepal Electricity Authority constructed a four-kilometer-long transmission line from the power house site to Deupur before the project construction was completed. 

According to the Nepal Electricity Authority Distribution Centre chief in Parbat, Shiva Narayan Goshali, the trial phase would last for 15 days. 

The power generated from Mid-Modi hydropower project would be integrated into the national grid after installing it to the 132-kV line. 

The project development cost has reached Rs4.92 billion. The project's estimated time was extended due to recurring protests by project employees and citizens of the affected zone and natural calamities. 

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