Electricity poles were installed in Rautahat local units, but electric wires yet to be fixedLocals have started to pressurise the branch office of the Nepal Electricity Authority to install electric wires on the poles.
Around 700 utility poles have been installed in Chandrapur, Brindaban and Gujara municipalities in the last five months. But the process of installing wires is yet to start. The concerned authority has left the work in limbo, much to the locals’ dismay.
Madan Thakur, a resident of Chandrapur, said the locals have been demanding the Chandrapur branch of the Nepal Electricity Authority to install electric wires on the poles, but have received no response so far.
“We have been frequenting the office for the last month demanding electricity supply. But the chief at the branch office sends us away citing budget shortage,” Thakur said.
Locals have also lodged a complaint at the hotline of the Nepal Electricity Authority against the chief of the branch. But Ramaayodhya Yadav, chief at the branch office, said that his office doesn’t have sufficient budget to complete the installation process.
“The wires lie unused at the substation in Chandranighapur. We don’t have enough budget to start installing wires on the poles,” said Yadav, adding that he has notified the higher authority about the problem. According to him, the branch office will fix wires on the poles after the centre provides them with a budget.
Dev Prasad Timalsina, a Nepali Congress lawmaker, said that he had talked with Kulman Ghising, the managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority, about the problem. Timalsina, along with the locals, recently visited the branch office to put forth their demands.
“The chief of the branch office has given us a positive response,” he said.According to the Energy Progress Report, electricity had reached 95.5 percent of Nepal’s population as of 2017. The report showed that only 1.3 million out of 29 million Nepalis remain to be connected to electricity. Most of these individuals are from remote locations. In 2010, only 65 percent of the country’s population had an electricity connection. As per the Nepal Electricity Authority’s statistics, only eight districts—Bajura, Humla, Jumla, Kalikot, Mugu, Dolpa, Rukum (East) and Solukhumbu—remain to be connected to the national grid.