SIMKOT, MARCH 12
The district headquarters of Humla, Simkot, has been facing a 20-hour load-shedding for a long time. Huge amount is spent every year to regulate electricity supply but the people here are bound to stay in dark.
During the winter, Humla people suffer the most with load shedding because of sheer recklessness on the part of employees at Electricity Authority Office. Locals have complained that most of the employees at the office, except the chief, are locals who have not been trained to fix the problems. One of the reasons for continuance of load shedding is the presence unskilled employees.
The Simkot office of the Authority has however stated that power production has been on a decline lately.
Industries at Simkot have been facing huge difficulty after the Hildum Micro Hydropower Project stated imposing 20 hours long power outage. Furniture industries, electrical and mobile shops have been closed due to this.
It has been known that more than three dozens of enterprises have been badly affected by the load shedding.
Moreover, students are also bearing the brunt of power outage. Anjila Rokaya, an 8th Grader at Man Sarovar Secondary School, said, "It has been difficult for us to continue with our studies. We are unable to complete our homework due to the power-cut."
The students who have come to Simkot for tuition classes for the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) are much worried owing to the 20-hour long power outage.
District Hospital's senior Auxiliary Nurse Midwife Sarita Bohara informed that all services that need electricity have been disrupted at the hospital as well.
Meanwhile, Distribution Centre chief of Himdul Micro Hydropower Project Sajan Aidi said, "The project with the capacity of 500KW is now producing only 140 to 150KW electricity. It is the main reason behind increasing the load shedding hours."