The govt has declared that it will not be able to meet its aim to generate 3,000 megawatts of electricity within three years. In accordance with data published by the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI), it is really not able to meet the target in the stipulated time. As a matter of fact, statement says that the target will never be achieved in four years also.
The ministry had released a white paper mentioning that it will generate the aforementioned quantum of electricity on May 8 last year.
According to details, the govt and independent power producers collectively would be able to produce only 2,400 megawatts of electric power in four years.
Publishing the annual progress statement today, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun, described that the nation will be able to connect only 2,400 MW of electricity to the national grid in four years.
The ministry, on May 8, had released a plan and then had set a aim to make 3,000 megawatts of electricity within three years and be connected it to the national grid. Similarly, the MoEWRI had also claimed that it would produce 5,000 MW of energy within five years and 15,000 MW of electricity within 10 years.
The govt had then also made the announcement that it had marked the years 2018 to 2028 as the ‘Decade of Energy and Hydropower’ to realise the dream of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’.
In accordance to the annual review, the ministry has declared that it will likely be capable to produce 1,269 megawatts of electricity until fiscal year 2019-20. The MoEWRI has declared that the much-awaited 456-megawatt Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project will begin commissioning power by next fiscal year.
Currently, the state-owned Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and independent power producers have produced only 1,015 MW of electricity. According to NEA, only 39 MW of electricity will probably be added to the national grid within April 13. In spite of this, it has schemes to connect 287 MW of electricity in the present fiscal year.
“We have place in nonstop ventures to finish projects in order that they would be able to produce electrical power within the mentioned time, however now we have been struggling with some problems in the construction of transmission lines,” Minister Pun stated, including the govt will perform their best to overcome the difficulties.
In the meantime, the independent power producers have accused the government of only being involved with setting up aims but definitely not very seriously working towards satisfying those plans.