The World Bank states, “The supply of electricity is a necessary ingredient for economics and social development in low-income countries”. Load-shedding — also called rolling blackouts — has been a major problem in Nepal.
The Load-Shedding Plight in Nepal
There have been times in the past where the average daily load-shedding was nearly eighteen hours. Imagine living in a city where almost everything operates with electricity and you get access to it for only for six hours a day. Load-shedding is considered to be one of the major factors for slow-paced development in Nepal as. in this digital age, development is very difficult to visualize without electricity. There was a dream, a dream of load-shedding free Nepal.
It takes time, but dreams do come true. With the appointment of Mr. Kul Man Ghising as the Managing Director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the parent generator and distributor of electric power in Nepal, the dream is finally turning into a reality. The first step that Mr. Ghising took as the Managing Director was to make Kathmandu Valley a load-shedding free zone during the festival season (October-November). He did what he had promised and for the first time, Kathmandu was load-shedding free during the festival of Tihar, a time when there’s the highest electricity consumption in the country.
A Promising Future for Electricity in Nepal
For a country to be in its pace of development, electricity has a powerful role to play. Mr. Ghising knows this very well and he surely wants the country to develop further. He is playing his part in this process and has promised that the country will not have to face load-shedding, ever, if certain processes are carried out. The ambition of load-shedding free Nepal started in Kathmandu, the Capital city, and since then, the Capital has not faced any. Soon, he says, there won’t be any rolling blackouts in any part of the country.