Government introducing ordinance to allow private sector’s involvement in power trade


KATHMANDU, Oct 1: The government has expedited preparations to bring an ordinance to amend the Electricity Act, 2049 BS to pave the way for private sector’s involvement in power trade.

The Electricity Act, 2049 BS does not have any provision that allows private sector’s involvement in power trade. Due to lack of such arrangement in the law, the government was not able to allow power trade to the private sector.

In order to open ways for the private sector to participate in the power trade, the government is making preparations to amend the law. The ordinance has already reached the Office of the President.

According to the Ministry of Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation, the ordinance would be introduced to create ways for power trade by addressing the demand of the private sector. It may be noted that the private sector has been demanding subsidies from the government on power trade.