Biratnagar, March 29
The Nepal Electricity Authority, the government-run electricity distribution monopoly of the country, has failed to ensure a smooth power supply to factories. Consequently, industrialists have expressed their anger over the issue.
Earlier, the authority had said the power supply would not be affected as it decided to pay India a higher rate as it sought so that the industries could continue their functioning. However, apparently, the authority could not buy electricity even at the offered rate.
The authority has been forced to cut off electricity lines connected to several industrial factories as it could not receive sufficient electricity from India as the prices skyrocketed there due to the Ukraine war.
Meanwhile, industrialists of Biratnagar complain the authority is cutting off the power line for as long as 12 hours a day.
“There’s an unannounced load-shedding from last Tuesday and it has reduced our productivity by 60 per cent,” Bhim Ghimire, the president of the Province 1 chapter of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries. “If it cannot ensure the smooth power supply, the government should give us a schedule of power cuts.”