Location and Accessibility
Middle Tamor Hydropower Project (MTHP) -73 MW is located in Phungling Municipality, Phaktalung and Mikwa Khola Rural Municipalies in Taplejung District, Province - 01. Geographically the project area lies between longitude 87 ͦ 40' 01'' E to 87 ͦ 42' 40'' E and latitude 27 ͦ 23' 29'' N to 27 ͦ 25' 19'' N. Headworks of the Project is located at Phaktanglung Rural Municipality, Ward No. 01 (Right Bank) and Powerhouse at Mikwakhola Rural Municipality, Ward No. 02 (right bank) and Dewatered Zone at Phungling Municipality, Ward No. 9 & 10 (left bank).
The project area lies in the Higher Himalayan and Lesser Himalaya, which is characterized by highly rugged relief with extremely varied topography. The altitude varies from 740 m at Thumba Dovan to 3795 m at high peak of Pathivara.
The nearest road head for the Project site is Phungling, the district headquarters of Taplejung which is 235 km from the East-West highway point at Charali, Jhapa District. This road is also referred to as 'Mechi Highway' or 'Highway 07' and is a two lane black-topped road spanning about 268 km from Kechana of Jhapa to remote north of Taplejung through Ilam. Both Headworks and Powerhouse sites are accessible from the district headquarter via a 15 km and 17 km long separate earthen roads respectively. There is also an airport at Suketar, about 4 km from Phungling. The flights connecting Suketar and Bhadrapur are available daily however the flights connecting Kathmandu and Suketar are not regular.