Energy Minister stresses need for implementation of standards to curb power leakage

Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal, also chairperson of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Board of Directors, NEA Managing Director Kul Man Ghising among other officials attend a programme organised to celebrate the NEA’s 37th anniversary in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal has pointed out challenges in stopping electric power leakage.

To curb power leakage, it is necessary to implement the international standards related to electricity and carry out reforms in the power distribution structure, said Minister Bhusal at an event organised on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), on Wednesday.

Reminding that the country got around Rs 2 billion in income from the control of power leakage alone in the previous fiscal year 2021/22, Minister Bhusal said it will be difficult to take economic strides until there is additional development in the energy sector.

She also urged the NEA to increase power consumption at home in the context when power export is increasing, and promote the purchase of electric vehicles and the installation of charging stations and electrical infrastructures. To increase power consumption within the country, electricity use in electric cooktops, electric vehicles and industries should be increased, she stressed.

The Energy Minister, also chairperson of the NEA board of directors, urged NEA’s employees to engage in delivering quality service to general people.

On the occasion, NEA’s Managing Director Kul Man Ghising shared that around 95% of the population of the country has access to electricity. “The NEA is working day and night to fulfil the government’s goal of covering cent per cent population of the country by electricity in the next two years,” he said, adding that at present, 42 districts have got full power access.

The parent generator and distributor of electric power under the Government of Nepal got over Rs 16.1 billion in income in the previous fiscal year, the highest in its history of 35 years.

On the occasion, 15 NEA employees and 17 offices under it were honoured for their work for the company.

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