Print Edition - 2017-05-14 | MONEY
Bara-Parsa Industrial corridor lacks power
May 14, 2017-
Factories operating at Bara-Parsa Industrial corridor are continually being marred by increasing power cuts and low voltage of electricity when power is available. The problem has aggravated since last week and the corridor is facing power cut up to 8 hours a day. And when the electricity is available, the voltage is so low that machines cannot operate.
Pradip Kedia, former chairman of Birgung Chamber of Commerce, complained about the situation to the Post. This problem of prolonged power cuts came from nowhere when Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) was planning to eliminate load shedding at the industrial corridor, according to Kedia.
“How can we run factories when power cuts last for eight hours?” questioned Kedia. “Even when there is electricity, the voltage is so low that heavy machineries can’t be operated and many industrialists have failed to produce goods as planned.”
The NEA, instead of supplying uninterrupted electricity supply to one of the largest industrial corridor, has been apathetic to our problem, according to the industrialists of the corridor.
“Three months ago when Energy Minister Janardan Sharma and NEA Managing Director Kulman Ghising visited the district, they had promised to eliminate power cuts from the industrial corridor soon,” said Kedia. “But, the power cuts increased instead.”
Hari Pant, a hotel entrepreneur also complained about the power cuts and said it has affected his business seriously. “It has been very difficult to operate hotel due to power cuts,” said Pant.
Om Prakash Sharma, chairman of Birgunj Chamber of Commerce also complained that the state-owned power utility’s apathy has aggravated the problem for industrialists. “The NEA has freed major cities of the countries from load shedding but has not given any attention to the country’s important industrial corridor,” said Sharma.
NEA Birgunj Distribution Centre Chief Chutun Kumar Shribastav, told the Post that demand for electricity has increased at the corridor whereas there is no additional electricity to meet the demand.
“We will be able to solve the problem if our head office supplies us additional power to distribute at the corridor,” said Shribastav. “Otherwise we will have to get additional power from India.”
Published: 14-05-2017 08:48