Kathmandu, May 1
The umbrella organisation of the Nepali business sector, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), says industries in the country are facing power outages for up to 16 hours a day.
For the past few days, the country has been unable to supply power to industrial factories as it has not been able to purchase sufficient electricity from India.
Whereas Nepal produces excess electricity in the monsoon, it still has to buy from India to meet the demand in dry seasons.
In this context, the FNCCI says the regular power outages, without any notice, have resulted in a huge loss in the country’s overall economy. Further, sudden interruptions in the supply have also damaged machines, it adds.
The federation has reminded the government and the Nepal Electricity Authority of their repeated commitments to uninterrupted supplies to the industries.
The authority says it has been unable to supply electricity to the industries as it has not been able to increase the amount of electricity to be imported from India whereas the domestic production has decreased due to a lack of rains.