MANMA, April 11: It has been over ten months since the residents of Kalikot have been spending nights in the dark, due to disruption in power supply. The power supply was disrupted after the Santighat Small Hydro Power Project in Triveni Rural Municipality became dysfunctional.
People in the district headquarters Manma receive power supply for two hours a day with the help of a generator. However, there is no sight of regular power supply, said local resident Prem Bahadur Shahi. As a result, daily activities have been affected.
Meanwhile, power supply poles to connect to the national power grid have been constructed but it's not sure when it will come into operation, said Bikram Bahadur Shahi of Raskot Municipality-6.
“The Santighat Project is also being renovated while work is underway to connect Kalikot to the national power grid,” said an official at the National Electricity Authority, Kalikot Distribution Center.
According to the Economic Survey, 2075, more than 73 per cent of the people in Karnali Province have no access to power supply. A total of 43 of the 79 local levels of Karnali are yet to have access to power.