Dardeni lurks in darkness

Udaypur

Jul 29, 2014-

The locals of Dardeni VDC in the district have been living without electricity for the past four months after a local micro hydropower apparently broke down. The locals have reportedly been unable to repair the damaged project without adequate funds.

“We are unable to raise the Rs 70,000 required to fix the hydropower, forcing 170 houses live without electricity,” said a local, Ramesh KC.

The 17-kilowatt hydropower project was built at a cost of Rs 7.5 million funded by the VDC, the District Development Committee and locals around three years ago. Around Rs 40,000 was collected from each household for the purpose. The locals blamed Alternative Energy Promotion Center for making false promises of providing Rs 150,000 to the hydropower project.

“Even after we constructed the project at our initiation by raising money, the organisation that assured of providing assistance has not released the funds yet,” claimed another local resident, Pratikshya Raun.

According to KC, the locals are also divided over repairing the project for it is situated 10 kilometres away from the village generating electricity from Nagdaha River.  

Two mills in the region have shut down without the supply of electricity. Local resident Rajendra Karki accused the government of showing negligence in repairing the project, mentioning that the equipments would eventually rust if remained used for long.

“The village would be illuminated for long, while the city area would be facing constant load shedding,” said Dardeni resident Kamala Basnet.

Published: 30-07-2014 09:21

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