KATHMANDU, 10 NOV 2014Â – Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is making preparations to provide uninterrupted power supply for dignitaries during the 18th SAARC Summit slated for November 26-27 in the Capital.
â€œWe are trying to provide uninterrupted power supply in places where the dignitaries visit and stay, and roads from where they commute,â€ said NEA Managing Director Mukesh Kafle.
â€œPreparations are being made to supply continuous electricity along roads as it is important from the security point of view,â€ said Kafle, adding thereâ€™s no need for importing additional power for the purpose.
Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, who is also a member of the SAARC Summit Preparation and Coordination Committee, said there wonâ€™t be much problem in power supply during the summit.
â€œThe existing supply from NEA is enough. We can also run the Kulekhani Hydropower Project for a few days, if needed,â€ Sitaula said.
Kulekhani is the countryâ€™s only storage-type project and it is operated during the winter season when the generation capacity of run-of-the-river projects and Indian import decrease.
Meanwhile, NEA recently reached an agreement with PTC India Limited, under which Nepal will receive a guaranteed 170MW electricity during the winter season. â€œIndia has been cutting power supply as per its convenience. But now, PTC India has agreed to supply 170MW,â€ said Kafle.
With the capacity upgradation of the 132KV Lahan-Duhabi transmission line, Nepal will be able to import an additional 20MW electricity during winter.
Kafle said the Indian Power Ministry has expressed concern over Nepalâ€™s power crisis and has also taken the issue of exporting power to Nepal positively.