KATHMANDU, Nov 22: The Energy Ministry has issued a circular, calling upon all government offices to switch- off electric devices when not necessary. The Ministry said that mainly government offices are found contributing to the unnecessary power consumption, prompting it to issue a circular to this end.
Energy Minister Janardan Sharma has directed Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to take measures to discourage the unnecessary power use in public places.
Ministries within the Singha Durbar, government and also the non-government offices are found keeping electric appliances on even after office hours, it is said.
The Ministry's complaint hearing unit has received complaints over the unnecessary use of electricity in Tribhuvan University's central department and its affiliate campuses.
The Ministry took the decision to issue circular after Authority's claim that the government bodies have not submitted electricity tariff and after finding that such bodies have been unnecessary using electricity.
The Authority has also urged the public to shun the use of pumps, heaters and other electronic gadgets in the evening hours when the demand for electricity shoots. It has also appealed for shutting off the streets lights during daytime following reports that street lights have continued to stay on in the streets of Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Lalitpur Sub Metropolis even during the day.
The NEA has stated that it expects support and help from the public in continuing to maintain Kathmandu Valley as load shedding free zone. The Valley alone consumes 315 megawatts of electricity from 6 pm to 9 pm.
After the power outage was removed in the Kathmandu Valley, Rs 16 billion worth of diesel has been saved. RSS