KATHMANDU: Nepal Electricity Authority today reduced load shedding by eight hours a week.
“Due to water accumulation in Kulekhani hydropower and other measures to reduce leakage, we have reduced load shedding by eight hours a week,” said, Chiranjibi Paudel, Chief, Load Dispatch Centre, NEA. There was 88-hour power cut per week.
Winter rainfall last week increased the water level at Kulekhani and NEA decision to increase water use has increased production.
“We have been trying to reduce power cuts through management of available electricity because we can’t increase power production instantly,” said Paudel.
NEA also decided to increase load shedding hours by an extra hour each day in areas where leakage is 35 to 40 per cent. Earlier, it had increased extra hours only in those areas with above 40 per cent leakage. Now onwards, areas with 35 to 40 per cent leakage will have to face one hour extra load shedding, 40 to 50 per cent – two hours, 50 to 60 per cent – three hours, 60 to 70 per cent – four hours and above 70 per cent – five hours.