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No crisis in future even if petroleum supply is blocked, claims minister

Barsha Man Pun

Kathmandu, December 6

Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Barsha Man Pun says the government is working in such a way that there will not be any fuel crisis in the future even if the petroleum supply is blocked.

Remembering the severe fuel crisis in the country during the 2015-16 border blockade imposed by India, Pun says Nepal will soon have sufficient electricity for its use so that any obstruction in the supply of petrol and diesel also would not be a big problem.

Speaking in a meeting with political leaders of Dhading district on Sunday, Pun said the country would produce 15,000 megawatts of electricity by 2028, of which 10,000 megawatts would be sufficient for domestic consumption.

The minister claimed the government had already signed agreements with India, China, and Bangladesh enabling the smooth export of electricity whenever available.

In another context, he assured the government would ensure proper compensation to the people whose land has been acquired for various hydropower projects.

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