•      Sat Jul 13 2024

Minister Bhusal pledges full electrification within 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 vowed to ensure electricity access to all the households in the country within two years.

At a press meet organized at her office here on Wednesday, Minister Bhusal also informed that the impoverished household would avail electricity up to 20 units free of cost.

The Nepal Electricity Authority’s Board of Directors had already decided on this which would ensure electricity to people below the poverty line and the decision would be implemented very soon, according to Minister Bhusal.
The Authority will implement the decision as per its social responsibility which is expected to benefit over 2.6 million consumers.

The government has also adopted policy to encourage usage of home-produced electricity and thereby the use of induction cookers in the country. This would also decrease the volume of import of petroleum products and cooking gas thereby decreasing the trade deficit.

The Minister shared that Tamor hydropower project (Hydel) will produce 756 megawatt, Dudhkoshi Hydel 635 megawatt, Sunkoshi Hydel-III 536 megawatt, Budhi Gandaki Hydel 1,200 megawatt.

Similarly, Nalsinghgadh Hydel is likely to generate 410 megawatt of electricity, Naumure Hydel 245-megawatt, Madi Dang Diversion West Seti project 750 megawatt.

She also added that the government would expedite the construction of Rasuwagadhi Hydel expected to generate 111 megawatt, Sanjen Hydel 57 megawatt, Madhyabhote Koshi 102 megawatt, Trishuli III B 37 megawatt, Rahughat Hydel 40 megawatt, Tanahu Seti Hydel 140 megawatt.

Minister Bhusal said that the government had taken forward programmes to enhance capacity of sub-station and transmission lines and ensure electricity optimizing alternative source of energy in those places not connected with the national transmission grid.

In the urban areas, according to the Minister, all the electricity lines and cables would be installed underground and smart-meters would be installed in all households and sub-stations would be automated.

In a bid to make the country reliant on agricultural production, electrification would take place for irrigation in arable lands. Likewise, so as to decrease import of agricultural products, farmers would be provided with maximum concessions on electricity used for irrigation.

Eighty percent of power tariffs would be waived for irrigation during peak hours and cent-percent during normal hours under the programme to be launched to provide irrigation to cultivable lands across the country. It has referred to the use of shallow tubewell to lift lifestyles of marginalised and small farmers. This drive is expected to help raise lifestyles of 388,000 households engaging in agriculture, said Minister Bhusal.

With the aim to displace diesel and petrol vehicles and encourage electric ones, the government will provide concessions on electricity and aims to construct 50 charging stations within this year.

The Ministry and offices under it will themselves purchase electric vehicles except heavy-duty ones. There has been a policy put forward of ensuring the trans-border electricity bazaar for export of surplus power. (RSS)

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