June 8, 2011Basanta Nepal
Subject: RE: Energy Minister's Speech to Public Accounts Committee on 5th June 2011
I too did hear about it and also got it confirmed by Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani (member of PAC) during a telephonic discussion with him yesterday. This is an appropriate move in the interest of Nepal and Nepali people. Basically minister Bista meant to prioritize internal consumption of power in Nepal; meaning projects can export power only after Nepal’s own need is met. At the moment there are licenses floating around for close to 4,000 MW in an advanced stage, ready for implementation, dedicated for export. If these projects were to be implemented in this fashion, Nepal will be exporting power while we will be languishing in darkness (not just in terms of lighting, but also lacking in industrialization for being starved of power, resulting in mass exodus of Nepali youth). Additionally, it would have been foolish to continue the present practice of importing power from India at exorbitant rates in the name of mitigating load shedding problem. Actually, Nepal will end up importing same power from India (at over Rs 10/kWh) that she herself would be exported at around Rs 2/kWh.
However, the Karobar daily’s attempt at twisting the news out of context is regrettable. Nepal isn’t going to prohibit export of power; rather Nepal is, as I mentioned above, correctly, prioritize Nepal’s own need prior to exporting power. This twist does amply demonstrate the allegiance of that particular paper; whether it is with Nepal or not.
With best regards,
Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst
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Sent: Monday, June 6, 2011 15:41
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: Energy Minister's Speech to Public Accounts Committee on 5th June 2011
Dear Ratna Sir,
Today I read the following news on Karobar Daily's online edition. If this news is true and this provision does not end of like some other sweet promises made among the lawmakers, it is good move from the government. But how this provision is implemented legally and how it can solve the past agreements is yet to be seen. Lets hope it does not end like some sweet speeches made in the parliament which were never implemented or acted upon. The recent example can be seen by Bharat Mohan Adhikary's speech to the parliament where he promised to promulgate new law within a week but it has been many months and we have not heard a single step forward.
"बिजुली निकासीमा प्रतिबन्धको तयारी"