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LoadShedding is areally great problem in nepal

Updated on April 1, 2011

Loadshedding have been really a great problem in Nepal. Its been 6 or 7 years that this problem was started and the government is not able to solve this problem. Though Nepal is very rich in the water recources and can generate hydroelectricity in a very large quantity. But is not capable of building the big hydro projects due to reasons like lack of funds and unstability of the government. So Nepali people are facing the problem of loadshedding which is up to 20 hrs a day in the dry season and minimum 2 hrs a day in the raining season. The government says that there is not sufficient water in river to produce the sufficient electricity. Due to the loadshedding many social hazard have been occurring in the country. Many industries have been closed off, student are struggling for studying and criminal activities are also increasing. We are hoping the problem will be solved soon.

To solve this problem the following points and be effective :

  • The existing hydro power plants should be maintained regularly.
  • The funds provided by the foreign agencies should be wisely used.
  • Corruption should be totally abolished.
  • New research should be done to find the best sources to produce large amount of electricity.
  • The people also should understand the importance of electricity and use efficient electrical appliances.


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      sapun rai 2 years ago

      we all human being are facing such problem because of loadshedding

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      solving loadshedding 2 years ago

      Why should we learn to live with loadshedding, its a pain!

      Zuma: Load shedding could continue for years

      JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday told Parliament that load-shedding could continue for another two to three years.

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      shrijana tamang 3 years ago

      with out light how can we develop our cuntry

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      Pranjal Chand 3 years ago

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      A student 3 years ago

      After 8 years of relentlessly facing load shedding, Nepal still hasn’t been able to find a significant solution to it. After facing power cut-offs for up to 18 hours a day, I think I can say that every single person in Nepal is familiar with the word ‘load shedding’. As a Nepali, I feel almost embarrassed when I try to explain the situation in Nepal to my friends here in the US. We face up to 16 hours of power cut during the winters and up to 8 hours during the summers. Low investment in power generation, high levels of corruption, and political turmoil have resulted in one of the most severe power shortages in the world.1

      There is no point in boasting about how much potential we have, if we do not work towards meeting it. But just to make facts clear, Nepal is the second richest country in water resources. Over 500 hydropower projects of different capacities have been identified in our country. We are capable of producing up to 83,000 megawatts of hydroelectricity but the current production is only 698 megawatts, which means we are exploiting less than 1 percent of the potential hydropower energy. The huge difference between what can be done and what is being done should be a question on it’s own. The demand is definitely not being met by the supply. Given the potential production that we can make, we should be boosting the national economy by exporting electricity to our neighboring countries. However, the situation in Nepal is so bad that we are actually buying electricity at a high cost from our neighboring countries. Yes, the establishment of a hydroelectricity project is no joke. It takes time, manpower and finance but Nepal is a poor country. We do not have the budget we need to run hydroelectricity projects by our own. Even with the help of both public and private sector companies, we cannot meet the financial investment required for hydropower development. However, many donor countries like India, Norway have tried and supported our country financially before. Corruption is so high in our country that the budget almost never reaches its designated destination. The combination of incomplete or poorly implemented hydropower projects and political instability in the country already speaks for much of the causes of load shedding.

      Load shedding affects the country in so many ways. Students are not getting the proper environment to study. Studying in front of a candle or torchlight does not help at all. The books are not being published on time. People are not able to run computers. Electronic devices are of no use once the battery runs out during dark hours. Simple things like not being able to use the microwave, or watch television when you come home from a long day of work have had adverse affects on households. Not to mention, petty crimes and thefts have increased a lot. It is easier for criminals to conducts crimes when the cameras aren’t working. This has immensely increased the pressure to maintain law and order in the country. A lot of industries have reached a closing situation over the years as a result of insufficient power supply. This has also affected the export industry as production lags behind. The imports have increased thus affecting the economy.

      Load shedding affects us all everyday, some effects being greater than the others. A tragic consequence associated with this load shedding was the suicide committed by a businessman because of power cut which hampered his production target. The majority of these business establishments are either shut down or continue to slice off productivity and efficiency of Nepal’s industrial and service sectors.2 Also, the efficiency of the people depends on the availability of power. Disruptions in power supply undoubtedly reduce the efficiency of academicians, professionals, students and businessmen whose livelihood depends on the cyber and computer-based works. The 14-hour daily load shedding forced industries based in the Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor, the country’s largest industrial base, to slash their production by 60 percent.3 Similarly, Rushi Unnithan, executive director of Jagdamba Steels, said his factory has slashed operation to 10 hours a day from the regular 20 hours.

      I understand that Nepal is a developing country, but I fail to understand as to why have there been no effective solutions to this. There are alternative sources of electricity that can used. For instance, windmills can generate electricity from windy places such as Manang and Mustang. A few years ago, former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai proposed plan of a diesel plant. Some industries have already started managing back-up power by installing diesel plants at their factories. It’s high time that we start considering alternate options like these instead of living in the dark. A lot of people have installed and adapted to solar lights in their homes and offices. This is a possible solution, but it is not the ideal long-term solution. And besides, solar power can only last for so long depending on the panels and the weather. A lot of people also use generators and inverters. They’re expensive and not all people can afford it. The ones who can have to bear extra costs. The government should provide solar panels to households that don’t consume a lot of electricity so that the saved electricity can be diverted towards the industrial sectors. Consumers should be made aware about the need of minimizing the power consumption. Most of these ideas are short term, however, Nepal needs short-term plans being implemented for the time being and long term plans running in the background.

      Losing power on a daily basis is no recipe for running a country well. In a world where technology means everything, how can we develop as individuals, as a country, if the base does not exist? We have been in the dark for too long, it is now time to raise our voices and do what needs to be done for ourselves, our homes and our country. Let there be lights.

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      krishna shrestha 3 years ago

      very very and many many thanks

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      ayirhs 5 years ago

      It's very boring and irritating

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      rexxar sss 6 years ago

      bad news.....hate load shedding

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      hackcounter 6 years ago from kathmandu

      Its really serious..

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      Thaman KC 6 years ago

      ya it a pro.