Nepal | July 04, 2020

Date to clear power bill extended indefinitely

Consumers urged to pay online, but those who can’t won’t be penalised

Himalayan News Service
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Kathmandu, March 23

In a bid to provide relief to consumers in the wake of COVID-19 threat, the government has decided not to impose fine on consumers who are unable to pay their electricity bills on time.

The date for clearing electricity bills has been extended indefinitely to prevent consumers from thronging Nepal Electricity Authority’s counters to pay their bills.

“I appeal to the customers to pay electricity bills online. But if they cannot, we will not levy any fine and will not halt power supply to their homes,” Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Pun said.

A decision to this effect was taken today by a meeting chaired by Minister Pun, who is also the chairperson of the board of directors of Nepal Electricity Authority. The decision came into effect today.

The risk of coronavirus infection is high when payment counters are crowded, said the minister.

During a high-level meeting held today under the chairmanship of Pun, it was also decided that all the staffers of the ministry’s line agencies, such as NEA, the Department of Electricity Development, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology and Department of Irrigation would have to report for duty.

Kul Man Ghising, managing director of NEA, said all staffers of NEA would be on duty to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to every household.

The meeting also decided to take extra measures to keep the staffers of ‘no light’ section and load dispatch centre of the NEA safe until the situation normalises. Ghising said the decision was taken considering the potential risks of service disruptions if the staffers of ‘no light’ section and LDC contract the coronavirus disease.

“As the two divisions have only limited core technical staff, we took the decision to keep them in a separate and safer place to minimise the chances of them contracting the disease,” said Ghising, adding that arrangements have been made to keep the two offices in isolation.

 


A version of this article appears in print on March 24, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


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