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Load-shedding to ''end in few years''


Energy Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat on Monday said the problem of load-shedding will end within a few years as more local and international investors are attracted to investing in Nepal’s hydropower sector .

Speaking at an interaction programme on “load-shedding, consumers’ concerns and ways out” organised by Consumers’ Rights Protection Forum on the occasion of the International Consumers Rights Day, he said the government, civil society and private sector should collaborate to end the energy crisis. He said the ministry is preparing a strategy to address the energy crisis.

Minister Mahat also said the government has set a target to produce 25,000 MW of electricity in 20 years and efforts are on to attract more local and international investors. He said agreement has already been reached to add 200 MW of power every year from the private sector.

The Energy Minister said the work is on to complete Upper Tamakoshi, Rahughat and Kabeli projects among other small and big projects and that the government has given priority to reservoir based projects.

He also said the government is planning not to raise load-shedding more than 12-hours a day this year even though there was up to 18 hours a day power cut last year.

TU vice chancellor Dr Madhav Sharma said electricity is a must for development and asked the government to lay high priority on electricity generation.

SWATEE Nepal’s chairman Dr Poshraj Pandey, general secretary Ratnakar Adhikari, general secretary of Consumers’ Rights Protection Forum Jyoti Baniya, Nepal Electricity Authority’s Sher Singh Bhat and former water resources minister Dipak Gyawali, among others, stressed on fast work to solve the energy crisis in a sustainable way.



Posted on: 2010-03-15 04:11