Monday, October 15, 2012To: Pradeep Gyawali
Media has quoted you having said the captioned. You are only half right: the first half is correct but, unfortunately, second half is not.
By exporting power to India, Nepal will stay unindustrialized hence in medieval ages, people from Nepal will be forced to go abroad in search of employment, and Nepal’s dependency syndrome will become more intense (including in petroleum products which could have been mitigated by electrifying transport instead of exporting).
Moreover, you will also have to remember that if electricity from Nepal is used for भारत उज्यालो, then it will result in नेपाल अंध्यारो as Nepal will have to stay in dark which amounts to resource colonization.
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that even now the value addition of Nepal’s export is only about 4% as import content of our export is about 96%. Similarly, value addition from export will be around 3% only which will fail to make नेपाल धनी.
While Nepal can economically metamorphose by using Nepal’s own power not only for industrialization (thereby generating employment which will allow those to return “home” who have migrated in search of employment) but even for electrification of transportation. Some people in Nepal always say that there is no alternative (TINA) to exporting power as there is no market for power in Nepal which is completely false. I have done in-depth analysis of these issues which you can refer to by logging in my website.
With best regards,
Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst