Power outage 6 hrs now

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    KATHMANDU, JUN 09 –

    LoadsheddingThe Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has decreased the average daily load shedding hours to six hours effective from Sunday. The weekly power outage will be around 43 hours on average now.

    The increase in water level in the rivers feeding the major hydropower projects in the country with the continuous rainfall and snow melting has contributed to a slight increase in the power supply in recent times, said Bhuwan Chhetri, chief of NEA’s Load Dispatch Centre.

    Currently, the country’s peak power demand stands around 1,000 megawatt, while the supply remains around 600 megawatt, which includes 170 megawatt of import from India. “The load shedding hours will likely to go down further in the coming days with adequate rainfall in rainy season,” Chhetri said.

    With no major hydropower projects in the pipeline, consumers across the country are unlikely to get a full respite from power shortage, particularly during the winter at least for the next five years.

    Source : Ekantipur