No power cuts in winter too: Energy Minister

KATHMANDU: Minister for Energy Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has said that there will not be power outage in the coming winter season too. "Power cuts have now become a history in Nepal," he said.

Speaking at a press meet held in Kathmandu on Tuesday, Minister Shahi, however, said problems could arise if the tendency to stop hydro projects from being materialised and obstruction in the construction of transmission lines continues.

The Energy Minister claimed that the government was working to put an end to power cuts even in the industrial sector from this winter season.

He emphasised on the need for foreign direct investment as domestic sources alone were not sufficient for construction of big and multi-purpose hydel projects.

On a different note, the Energy Minister said the Ministry was studying the agreement reached with a Chinese company to build the Budhigandaki hydropower project, and would take a decision on it accordingly.