Friday, February 11, 2011

RE: electricity import from India

February 11, 2011
Prof. Dr Mohan Lohani
Tribhuvan University

Dear Prof. Lohani

I am delighted that you agree with my analysis. It is not only illogical for a country like Nepal (rich in hydropower potential) to be dependent on imports from India, but downright stupid to be doing so at a price higher than the price expected to be paid for power generated in Nepal. what takes the cake is the fact that GoN is working on having projects built in Nepal for export to India at rock bottom price.

The scenario of Nepal exporting power at US 5 ¢ to India and importing that very power (in the name of mitigating load shedding) at US 13 ¢ from India will make us the laughing stock of the whole world. I wonder when will these people come to understand simple things like this!

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst

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

From: Mohan Lohani []
Sent: Friday, February 4, 2011 3:22
Subject: electricity import from India

Dear Ratna Sansar ji,

I read your article published in today's(Feb.2) Kantipur daily on electricity import from India.with great interest.You have pleaded as usual for the promotion of national interest.Nepal so rich in water resources is seeking to solve its loadshedding problem by importing electricity from India at costlier price which is not only ironic but also uinwise and a heavy burden to the poor taxpayers as consumers of this country.Your argument is valid and sound.Why not concentrate on and invest in our abundant water resources which can be consumed internally and the surplus that remains can be exported to power-hungry India at reasonably profitable price to us?.You have further logically argued that unless we generate minimum 3500 MW of electricity , we can't think of removing loadshedding within the next 5 years.I hope the country's policy makers will give serious consideration to your well-meaning proposal and suggestions and do something in the national


Tks and regds,

Mohan Lohani

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