•      Fri Jun 21 2024

Energy Minister spells out government’s goal of achieving full electrification in two years

Pampha Bhusal
FILEPHOTO: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Ms. Pampha Bhusal. (file photo)

Kathmandu: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal has said that the government is carrying out works with the goal of having full electrification throughout the country in the next two years.

She said this in the course of discussions on a proposal of urgent public importance titled ‘Implementation of the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project Development Agreement and Its Protection and Promotion for Using in National Interest’, in a meeting of the House of Representatives today.

Stating that the government has a clear roadmap for a ‘bright Nepal’ through the appropriate development and production of the hydroelectricity available in the country, Minister Bhusal said however the country has not been able to produce electricity as expected due to economic and technical reasons.

She said the situation of power outages has been ended in the country and appreciated the role played by the private sector in the hydroelectricity production. Study is on regarding many among the reservoir-based hydroelectricity projects while the construction of the Budhiganga and Dudhkoshi projects has reached the final stages of completion.

Regarding the Upper Karnali Project, the Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister said an agreement has been reached with the GMR Company of India for developing this project and the power generated from this project could be exported to Bangladesh. She also informed the House about the works carried out so far on the construction of the West Seti Hydropower Project.

Lawmaker Rawal had drawn the attention of the Minister on the matter of urgent public significance. He said the agreement signed with the Indian company 14 years age has not moved ahead even till date and an additional agreement has been done with another company at present. Rawal demanded rescinding the agreements with the companies that only keep the projects ‘on hold’ and do not carry out works.

Pointing out that the country has not been able to benefit adequately out of the hydropower generated in the country, he presented data showing that billions of rupees were being spent in importing fuel.

He wondered how the domestic businesses and enterprises could be made self-reliant when electricity export policy is being promoted in the context of very low per capita electricity consumption in Nepal.