Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Re: Hurdles to power import from Nepal

September 22, 2010
Mr Bihari K Shrestha

Dear Bihari Krishna jee
The provision with regards to "restricted commodity", doesn’t’ apply to Indian states (like Sikkim) and protectorates and, hence, Bhutan doesn’t face any hurdle in exporting power. Besides, India has invested in Bhutan under special intergovernmental model of 60:40 specifically and the very purpose of this model is to import electricity under “scorch earth” policy such that Bhutan is exporting while suffering load shedding herself and she will have to stay underdeveloped as there won’t be necessary power to industrialize Bhutan ( Moreover, India is now planning to substantially reduce the grant portion of the financing model after which the “famous” gross national happiness index will take a big nose dive.

Further, another reason behind exempting Bhutan from the licensing requirement is that projects there are “protected” by Indian security personnel while that isn’t possible in Nepal. In Nepal most of us are not willing to have this arrangement in place. I wonder if you recall that late king Birendra put his foot firmly down against such a proposal in the case of Chisapani Karnali project (10,800MW) and, therefore, the work in this project got aborted in late 70s. It is, however unfortunate that there are now quite a few people who wouldn’t mind having Indian security personnel stationed in Nepal. One particular person (I don’t cherish taking his name) has publicly (on TV and radio) said that Nepal should allow India to take care of Nepal army. I thank god that there are very few like him in Nepal.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: Bihari Krishna Shrestha []
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 23:18
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha

Subject: {Disarmed} Re:
Dear Ratna Sansar jee,
Thank you for your aticle that makes a robust argument for being a little more inward looking than we have been. However, given the Indian policy of "restricted commodity", I wonder how Bhutan exports power to India.

Warm regards


----- Original Message -----

From: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 6:55 A

Subject: FW:

Dear Colleague

Following news was published in ToI of 13th September under the title: “Hurdles to power import from Nepal”

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