Lack of electricity leaves dozens of firms inactive

Rabi Dahal

Birgunj, June 10:

Many companies are facing huge difficulties owing to the decision of Nepal Electricity Authority(NEA) not to provide new electric lines to companies, that use more than 50 KVA electric power. About a dozen large companies are failing to produce anything, which were ready to operate services shortly, after the NEA decision. Triveni Spring, Shivam Steels, Triveni Flexo Pack, Sun Industries, Narayani Rolling Mills, Prestige Loop Metals, Arati Chemicals, Gopal Polytecs and Gopal Metals had submitted their applications to NEA, demanding electric lines.

These companies had demanded a total of 8,000 KVM electric power, according to their necessity from 300 to 3,050 Kvm. According to NEA, due to an over-load on the Hetauda-Birgunj 66 Double Circuit Line, NEA is unable to distribute new lines. “Due to the uncertainty in electric power supply, our new programme has been postponed,” Satyanarayan Kyal, owner of Narayani Mills told to this daily.

The NEA cannot distribute new electric lines until the Birgunj Corridor project is finished. The project, working since 2003, aims to install a 132 KV sub-station. After the abduction of a worker from the project by the Maoists a year back, work at the project has been severely hampered. The project will take a year more to be completed, feel official sources. “The Parwanipur sub-station line is connected with the line being distributed from Kathmandu. So there is a problem of low voltage and high ampere,” say specialists. Due to overload, Parwanipur Conduct is just supplying 9 KVM instead of 11 KVM. The problem is likely to remain until work at the Kulekhani Electricity Project is finished.