September 22, 2023 08:05 PM NPT
By: Himal Lamsal
KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation has set a target of 1,500 units of energy consumption per capita in the next 12 years, i.e. by 2035. The ministry has barely doubled the per capita energy consumption during the last seven years. However, in the next 12 years, it has set an ambitious target of increasing electricity consumption by four folds.
September 8, 2023 02:30 PM NPT
By: Himal Lamsal
KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The Patan High Court has issued a short-term interim order, stopping the process of the tender issued so that only a limited number of companies could compete in the tender issued for the construction of the wastewater treatment plant. This order was given by the court due to doubts about the 'qualification' of the bids called for the construction of wastewater treatment plants stalled at Sallaghari, Kodku and Dhobighat under the Kathmandu Valley Wastewater Management Project.
September 3, 2023 04:45 PM NPT
By: Himal Lamsal
KATHMANDU, Sep 3: The fate of the long-pending Electricity Bill 2080 BS, which has been repeatedly introduced in parliament, remains uncertain as it faces another deliberation in the Federal Parliament.
KATHMANDU, Aug 25: Due to the risk of floods in the rainy season, the Melamchi water supply project remains closed since mid-June, deepening the water supply crisis in the Kathmandu Valley. Even though there is water everywhere in the Kathmandu Valley as it has been raining for the past several days causing flooding of rivers and unorganized drainage, the residents of the valley are facing a shortage of safe drinking water.
KATHMANDU, August 20: Eight years ago, until 2015, Nepal struggled with over eight hours of daily power cuts due to electricity demand surpassing supply. Citizens could not even meet essential electricity consumption needs.
KATHMANDU, Aug 10: In a development that highlights inefficiencies in project coordination, a 12.20 km tunnel for the Bheri-Babai Diversion Multi-Purpose Project was completed three years ago, at a cost of Rs 9.92 billion. However, the project's overall construction progress has been hindered due to the disjointed approach to various components.
KATHMANDU, August 2: The government took a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2018 and proceeded with the Butwal-Narayanghat road upgradation work. But the pace of construction of the road section is shameful. The progress of the 113 km Butwal-Narayanghat road with loan from ADB is also embarrassing.
KATHMANDU, June 20: The construction of the Galchhi-Trishuli-Mailung-Syafrubesi-Rasuwagadhi road connecting to China is progressing in a pathetic condition. After India's embargo, the government advanced the process of building a 82-kilometer road to connect China by road in 2072/73 BS with the goal of completing the construction within two years.
KATHMANDU, June 10: A cabinet meeting held on Wednesday decided to present the Electricity Bill to the Federal Parliament to regulate electricity trade. Prior to this, the Electricity Bill, 2077 BS – which was under consideration in the National Assembly – was withdrawn by the then Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal from the upper house of parliament on September 16, 2022.
KATHMANDU, May 24: Almost 3,000 electric vehicles have been imported during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year. According to the Department of Customs, 2,955 four-wheeled electric vehicles worth about Rs 8.5 billion were imported during the period from last mid-July to mid-May.
KATHMANDU, May 16: Due to the managerial weakness of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani (KUKL), the state-owned utility is losing revenue worth millions due to failure in billing at the customers' houses for distributing water from Melamchi through a new pipeline.
KATHMANDU, April 17: The government has collected more than Rs 100 billion in eight years from the infrastructure tax imposed on petroleum products. Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has been paying tax at the customs point while importing fuel.
KATHMANDU, April 7: With three months left until the end of the current fiscal year, the government has barely spent a quarter of its capital expenditure. With one week left until the end of nine months of the current fiscal year, the capital expenditure has hardly been 25 percent.
KATHMANDU, March 24: In the first eight months of the current fiscal year, 2,200 units of electric vehicles (EVs) have been imported into Nepal. According to the data released by the Customs Department, 2,198 four-wheeled electric vehicles were imported in eight months of the current year.
KATHMANDU, March 21: Budhi Gandaki Jalvidyut Public Limited, which was established to build a project worth Rs 300 billion on a company model, has not been able to manage even Rs 10 million, preventing the project work from moving forward.
KATHMANDU, March 14: The government has not been able to meet the revenue collection target of the first six months of the current financial year even in eight months. By the end of eight months of the current financial year, there is a huge gap between the targeted revenue collection and actual collection.
KATHMANDU, March 7: The Information Highway project to lay optical fiber in 77 district headquarters along with the Mid Hill Highway, launched by the government with an ambitious goal, finds itself in a difficult situation of not being able to spend the budget.
KATHMANDU, March 6: Another seven kilometers track of the North-South (Koshi Corridor) highway listed in the National Pride Projects is yet to be laid. Although the government has given it high priority, the track digging work of the corridor is progressing at a very slow pace.