Commission Formed to Resolve Longstanding Dispute Over Dedicated & Trunk Line Tariffs Submits Report

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KATHMANDU, The Commission of Inquiry tasked with resolving the tariff dispute of dedicated and trunk lines has submitted its report to the government. Commission Chairman Girish Chandra Lal submitted the report to Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet on Sunday.

The Commission stated that the report holds significance for a sustainable resolution to the issues surrounding dedicated and trunk line tariffs. It mentioned that the report was meticulously prepared after extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders and agency personnel over a period of three months and ten days.

It is said that the comprehensive report includes analyses of laws, regulations, transactions, procedures, guidelines, standards, court decisions, and opinions from all concerned parties, along with recommendations to address the trunk line tariff dispute.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has not disclosed the findings and conclusions of the report. In particular, the commission conducted various studies from mid-July 2015 to mid-December 2015, mid-January 2016 to mid-April 2018, and mid-May 2018 to mid-June 2020, excluding the initial six months when fees were not fixed. Load shedding came to an end in mid-May 2018.

In mid-December 2023, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) issued a list of industrialists who had failed to pay tariffs for power supply through the dedicated and trunk lines, leading to the disconnection of power lines for some industries.

Dissatisfied with the NEA’s decision, industrialists appealed to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Industry representatives, including Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Chandra Prasad Dhakal, met with the Prime Minister, urging him not to disrupt the power supply to industries.

 

Source: Republica