Published On: May 16, 2018 01:55 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, May 16: While the country has been declared free from load shedding, 119 out of 460 rural municipalities are without energy facilities, according to Ram Prasad Dhital, executive director of the Alternative Energy Promotion Center.
As a result, speakers stressed the need to prioritize renewable energy promotion and development schemes to provide electricity across the country in a joint program organized by the Rural Technology Producers Association and the National Federation of Rural Municipalities.
"The Center is ready to provide both financial and in-kind support to develop energy in the rural areas," Dhital said.
Arguing that electricity and technology were important for economic prosperity in rural areas, Hom Narayan Shrestha, president of federation of rural municipalities said “proper consultation was required to effectively increase access to electricity in many areas of the country.”
Former Minister Ganesh Shah underscored the need of sustainable use of energy sources available in the rural municipalities. President of Nepal Micro Hydropower Developers Association, Krishna Prasad Devkota emphasised on including the development of small hydropower projects in the rural areas.
President of the Rural Technology Producers Association, Hasta Pandit said they plan to hold discussions on how energy could be incorporated in the plan and budgetary planning of the rural municipalities with the Chairpersons of the 74 rural municipalities of Province 3, in the first phase. He added that such consultations would be held with the chairpersons of the rural municipalities from the rest of the provinces as well after that.
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