Nepal to import more electricity to get rid of power crisis

The NEA has so far imported electricity worth Rs 9.68 billion from India in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2016-17.

It is projected that additional power worth Rs 6 billion would be bought from India in three months.

At a press conference organised here on Tuesday, NEA Chief Executive Officer Kul Man Ghising informed that power worth around Rs 14.9 billion was imported in the last fiscal year.

The power is being imported for time being to avert power crisis in the country and the NEA would be in a position to export power with the completion of the under-construction power projects.

The import of power seems to be high this year than it was in the last fiscal, Ghising shared. The power production last year was 5,000 MW while it would rise to 6,000 MW this year.

Likewise, the NEA sources said the nationwide electricity leakage and theft prevention campaign has succeeded in dropping power leakage by 4 per cent. With this, the NEA was able to generate revenue of Rs 1.2 billion.

Executive Director Ghising further informed that the tasks have been devised in a way to reduce power leakage by 5 per cent till the end of the current fiscal year.