NEA (National Electricity Authority) is going to fully electrify all households within 10 districts of Karnali Province. The NEA has initiated a program with the aim to provide electricity to every household of the province, currently within the 10 districts of the province electricity has reached 22 out of 25 municipalities and 21 out of 51 rural municipalities.
Overall electricity has reached 393 wards out of 718 making the electrification of the province stand at 44.93 percent.
Kul Man Ghising, Managing Director of NEA said despite some delays in electrification in some districts due to geographical difficulties, the work is ongoing to complete the aimed program.
The electrification would be completed with solar and micro-hydro projects through alternative energy promotion centres in the areas where the national grid has not reached, said Ghising.
Currently, Government is electrifying the hilly districts of Lumbini, Karnali and Sudurpashchim provinces with concessional loans from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Ghising said, for expanding electricity to the region, the expenditure has been made from the government and a portion of NEA’s profits.