HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Load shedding hours have been reduced by an hour a day, starting today, according to the Nepal Electricity Authority. With a new scheduled in effect, power outage hours are down from current 56 to 49 hours per week.
Rising water levels in the rivers and control in electricity leakage have been attributed for the reduction in load shedding hours. As per the new schedule, every week, there will be eight hours of power outage for two days, seven and half hours for two days and five, six and seven hours for another three days. Nevertheless, the feeders in which the leakage is high will still see a rise in outage hours.
According to NEA, the feeders with 35-40 per cent leakage will see up to one hour more power cut, while the feeders with 40-50 per cent leakage will be imposed with two more hours of power cut.
Likewise, the outage hours for the feeders with 50-60 per cent and 60-70 per cent leakage will be three and four hours, respectively. The feeders with excessive leakage — more than 70 per cent — will face up to five extra hours of black-out.