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India plans high-capacity power line

Nov 28, 2006 - UPI

India is moving forward with plans to build a 1,000-mile-long power transmission line connecting its northeast with the rest of the country.

The Northeast to Northwest and West Interconnector is to have 800 kilovolt lines capable of carrying 6,000 megawatts of electricity, the Press Trust of India reported. The high capacity is necessary because the power line's path includes the "chicken neck" area in Bengal where the distance between the borders with Bangladesh and Nepal is just over 10 miles and already includes rail lines, highways and pipelines.

Powergrid is expected to put contracts out to bid next month.