KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Amid the government´s announcement to limit load shedding hours just to 12 hours a day this winter, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has increased load shedding to 10 hours per day effective from Saturday.
NEA released a new schedule of load shedding on Friday increasing daily power cuts from the existing eight hours to 10 hours a day citing decreased water levels in the rivers.
NEA officials projected longer load-shedding hours against the 12-hours per day announced by the government. "I don´t think it will be possible to limit load shedding to 12 hours per day since no additional power has been added to the national grid," a highly placed NEA official said on condition of anonymity.
The official further added load-shedding would soon cross 12 hours per day. "There is no way the government can limit load-shedding to 12 hours per day," added the official.
Meanwhile, Bishwa Prakash Gautam, member of the NEA board informed that the Kulekhani reservoir has not been used so far. "Kulekhani might help reduce load-shedding hours this winter," said Gautam.
The new schedule further states that there might be 11 hours of load shedding per day if the situation worsens.