DHANUSHA, Aug 24: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Transmission Center Janakpur has cut off power supply to the famed Janaki Temple and other religious shrines along with hospitals and government offices.
The power supply was severed to Janaki Temple, Laxman Temple, Ram Janaki Wedding Mandap, Janakpur Zonal Hospital, a plastic factory and Road Division Office as part of the campaign to shutdown power supply to consumers not making due payment of electricity tariff, NEA Janakpur Transmission Centre's Chief, Jitendra Jha said.
Jha added that the Janaki Temple has not paid electricity tariff since the last 30 years and has more than Rs 6.5 million in dues. The Laxman Temple has Rs 1.7 million in dues, Ram Janaki Wedding Mandap Rs 700,000, Janakpur Zonal Hospital Rs 6 million, the plastic factory Rs 550,000 and Road Division Office Rs 325,000.
Janaki Temple's Chief Priest, Ramatapeshwor Das Vaishnav, said the Janaki temple complex housed Zonal Chief Office, police office, youth club and Karate Association during the Panchayat period and accommodated Janakpur Area Development Council, Janaki Temple Renovation Committee, Mithila Cultural Centre among other offices due to which the due amount was so huge. He said the temple would appeal to the concerned authority for pardoning the due amount.
The priest also appealed to the civil society to take the initiative on making the payment of electricity dues with the money the temple owed to Guthi Sansthan, which amounts to more than Rs 150 million. RSS