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170 million units electricity wasted from NEA’s 8 distribution centres alone

Ramesh Lamsal, KATHMANDU: As many as 171.92 million units of electricity is wasted from the eight distribution centres under the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)’s Hetauda distribution centre alone. 

The distribution centre supplied 1 billion 172 million 3 thousand and 96 units of power in the fiscal year 2016/17. The NEA has expressed its serious concern saying that out of this quantity, 171.92 million units was wasted.
According to NEA, electricity leakage in significant amount continued although efforts aimed at controlling the power leakage have been consistently been carried out. It has warned the distribution centre and its regional chief that they would face action if they failed to plug the power leakage with results in the next six months.
One hundred forty-eight million 447 thousand units of electricity has been leaked out of the 813 million 181 thousand units of electricity supplied to the regional office in fiscal year 2016/17, it is stated. The regional office sold 664 million 733 thousand units of electricity in that fiscal year.
As per NEA, 37.65 million units of electricity was wasted in Gaur, 13.07 million units in Simara, 1 million 168 thousand 689 units in Palung, 43.078 million units in Birgunj, 18.75 million units in Hetauda, 831 thousand units in Tandi and 9.84 million units in Bharatpur.
NEA executive director Kulman Ghising has directed the distribution centres under Hetauda regional office to clamp two per cent of electricity leakage which comes to be anout more than 10 per cent compared to other offices.
The Kalaiya distribution centre has been unsuccessful in reducing the electricity leakage as per the NEA’s plan. The power leakage at this centre was 50.36 per cent in fiscal year 2015/16 and it has increased to 56.70 per cent in fiscal year 2016/17.
The regional office has completed a plan directed by the authority to control the power leakage and to lessen it by two per cent.
The leakage was 18.26 per cent in fiscal year 2015/16 and was reached 15.39 per cent in 2016/17.
The Gaur Distribution Centre having maximum leakage has lessened it by 8.05 per cent as there was 53.51 per cent leakage in 2015/16 and has reached 45.46 in 2016/17. RSS

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