Eastern districts depend on electricity from India

Shekhar Regmi

Biratnagar, June 9:

Tariff of the Indian-supplied electricity in the eastern region is likely to go up from next year.

Nepal had to purchase electricity from India for two months for supply in the region when the

transmitter of national grid in Rupani, Saptari went out of function. Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has been distributing electricity to different districts in the east from Duhabi transmission grid, which has been procuring electricity from from Kataiya, India. Kashindra Prasad Yadav, chief of the transmission grid, eastern branch, Duhabi informed that Nepal had to purchase more electricity this fiscal year compared to last fiscal year. According to Yadav, Nepal had purchased a total of 11 crore units of electricity worth Rs 44 crores last year. Unit consumption is estimated to go up by the end of current fiscal year. Nepal has been paying

IC Rs 2.40 per unit to Bihar Electricity Board, Purniya. Duhabi Trasmission Grid borrows from Kataiya Grid up to 50-Mega Watt electricity, using the 100 KV line of India.

Nepal’s 32 KV transmission line was not sufficient for this region due to which Nepal has been taking supplies from Kataiya grind for the last few years said Umesh Yadav, electronic supervisor of Duhabi Transmission Grid. The evening hours between 6:45PM to 10 PM are the peak hours for sourcing electricity from India. Inaruwa, Dhankuta, Jhapa, Illam and Morang are the districts supplied with Indian electricity. Nepal has to borrow more units during winter season whereas the consumption comes down during summer. “We utilise only 50 lakh units during summer,” said Yadav. The eastern region has been utilising Kulekhani line these day. The Indian line is utilised only after 6:30 pm in the evening. However, Inaruwa and Lahan are utilising Kataiya line directly all day long. According to the understanding of Koshi Treaty, Inaruwa and Lahan get tariff exemptions from 33 KV line of India. “NEA has to pay Indian supplier only half the tariff it pays in other cities,” said Yadav. Duhabi Transmission Grid has conceded that east has to face trouble while glitches occur in the Indian Transmission grid. “When Kataiya line falls short or fails to keep up supply, the eastern region faces long power cuts,” said NEA regional deputy director, Nagendra Dhakal.