Kathmandu: The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has decided to resume power supply to consumers who have used electricity from dedicated feeder and trunk lines in the past but have not paid the premium charge for it. The 960th meeting of the NEA Board of Directors, held under the chairmanship of the Minister for Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation today, decided to reconnect the electricity to industries as per the decision of the cabinet meeting.
The NEA had disconnected power supply to 24 industries that had to pay more than Rs 50 million in tariffs. The NEA Board of Directors directed the NEA management to resume power supply to such industries until the report submitted by a probe commission formed by the government and a decision taken by the government.
The Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday formed the probe commission under the coordination of former Justice of the Supreme Court, Girish Chandra Lal, to recommend a resolution for the power tariff dispute between the NEA and industrialists. The Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation, and the Industry Secretary were the members of the commission.
The meeting through the Energy Ministry directed the NEA to reconnect power supply until the next decision of the government. The Ministry sent a letter on Thursday to implement the directive.
During a meeting of the National Concern and Coordination Committee of the National Assembly held on Thursday, NEA Deputy Executive Director Manoj Silwal mentioned resuming power supply after making a decision from the NEA Board of Directors meeting as per the government’s directive.