New Baneshwor, Kathmandu

About the Project


Budhigandaki Hydropower Project is a storage type project located in Central/ Western Development region on the Budhigandaki 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)