Budhigandaki Hydropower Project  

About the Project



Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project is a storage type project located in Central/ Western Development region on the Budhi Gandaki River of Nepal. This project was identified during the Gandaki Basin Study in late 70's. In 1984, a prefeasibility study of the project was prepared. The ongoing Feasibility study of the Project has recommended 1200 MW capacity plant with FSL 540 masl.


Location and Access:

The project lies in Gorkha and Dhading districts in Western/ Central Development region of Nepal. The project site is accessible through Benighat (At about a distance of 80 km from Kathmandu) on Prithvi Highway (Kathmandu - Pokhara). From Benighat, a motorable composite bridge can be used to cross the Trishuli River and access the Dam and Powerhouse site both of which are at a distance of about 1.5 km from the road head.


Catchment of the Project:


Catchment Area:
Gorkha: 2,700 km2
Dhading: 900 km2
Nuwakot: 35 km2
China: 1,365 km2
Total: 5,000 km2


Dam Site:
About 2 km u/s of the
confluence between
Budhigandaki and
Trhshuli at Benighat


Location of the Project:


VDC lies in Catchment Area
Gorkha: 37
Dhading: 27
Nuwakot: 2
Manang: 1
Total: 67


Dam Site:
Ghyalchok VDC (Gorkha)
Salang VDC (Dhading)



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