Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Re: article on electricity import from India

July 6, 2009
Dr Chiran Shumsher Thapa
Naxal, Kathmandu

Dear Chiranjee

Great that you have reverted back after reading my article. Thanks.

In view of the fact that the ownership of the power plant gets transferred to GoN after about 25 years, a level playing field will be afforded only by paying a rate higher than demanded by India. But the issue is much more serious than that as electricity is a strategic commodity and, unfortunately for us, India has the bad habit of using anything for strategic purposes (including trade and transit). Therefore, in order for Nepal to become self reliant and not to give one more strategic weapon to the Indians against Nepal in their armory, Nepal's policy should be to build as many power plants as possible in Nepal.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, fca
Senior Water Resource Analyst

-----Original Message-----
From: C.S. Thapa [] On Behalf Of C.S. Thapa
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 5:02 AM
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: Re: article on electricity import from India

Dear Ratna Sansarji,

A level playing field requires that domestic producers be given the same
purchase price as a foreign supplier but you have shown in earlier articles
that domestic production has multiplier effects which should favor it in
any objective policy analysis. The transmission line construction and the
likely time it entails are other considerations to be taken into account.
Your analysis is clear and level headed. thank you for drawing attention.



On Jul 4 2009, Ratna Sansar Shrestha wrote:

>Dear Colleague
> Gorkhapatra has published the attached article of mine on electricity
> import from India. I am forwarding it to you in case you have yet to read
> it.
>Please feel free to forward it to those who you know will be interested to
>read or you feel that the person should read this article.
>With best regards,
>Ratna Sansar Shrestha, fca
>Senior Water Resource Analyst
>PO Box 12058, Kathmandu
>Telephone: +977 1 435-4698
>Telephone/Facsimile: +977 1 435-1946

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