Saturday, 28th February 2015

Energy Minister says power outage won't go down

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Minister for Energy Radha Gyawali has made it clear that the current load-shedding hours would not be reduced anytime soon.

She said load-shedding hours would be reduced only after electricity transmission lines are extended and hydro-electricity plants currently under-construction in various parts of the country gets completed.

Minister Gyawali, who was speaking at an interaction organised in the capital on Friday, added that the ministry is engaged in an attempt to remove load-shedding hours between 7-9 pm in the evening in view of household purposes and the upcoming SLC examinations.

It must be noted that on March 12, Minister Gyawali had while addressing an interaction organised after inspecting the Panauti Hydropower Project at Khosi, Kavre  said that the power outage will be reduced by two hours from March 15 ‘targeting the housewives’.

She also informed that a taskforce under the leadership of joint-secretary at the Energy Ministry is engaged in efforts to find out ways to resolve the severe energy crisis facing the country.

The Ministry of Energy is trying to find out alternative means of energy sources such as harnessing solar energy to resolve the energy crisis the country faces.

Although Nepal is considered to have huge hydropower potentials by virtue of having one of largest water resources in the world, the consumers in the Himalayan country are still forced to bear an excruciating 14 hours of power cuts daily.