Nepal | July 08, 2020

Power cuts in load-shedding free district

Himalayan News Service
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PYUTHAN: Pyuthan has been facing seven to eight hours of power disruption every day in spite of its status as a load-shedding free district.

Last year, irate locals had resorted to agitation after authorities decided to cut power in the load-shedding free district.

As the protest took a nasty turn, the concerned authorities had to backtrack on its decision to cut power supply. The locals, however, said that their plight was yet to end.

“Following the protest, they had agreed not to cut the power supply. However, the authorities are yet to implement the agreement as the power supply has not become regular,” said former Constituent Assembly member Mukti Prasad Sharma.

Pyuthan boasts of Jhimruk Hydropower Project which produces 12 MW power every day and is operated by Butwal Power Company. Nonetheless, local folks have been suffering due to power cuts.

According to company Chief Shyam Thapa, power obstruction was heavy from April to June this year.

As per data, the district witnessed 261.8 hours of power disruption in May/June, which makes up about eight hours of power disruption every day.

The power disruption had to do with the daily phenomenon of route clearance and problem in power supply line apart from problems in high tension power lines.

Nepal Electricity Authority Pyuthan branch chief Krishnahari Dahal said his office was trying to address the plight of people.

Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Kurunmwa informed that his office had held discussion among stakeholders to solve the problem at the earliest.

A version of this article appears in print on June 30, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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