When the Nepal Electricity Authority learned that King Birendra would be visiting Surkhet in 1988, it hurried to thread transmission lines to ensure that there would be power during the royal visit.
Karnali continues to get electricity from the 33 kV wires that were constructed at the time. Since then, power consumption has increased, but infrastructure has not been upgraded, and the inhabitants of Karnali have been forced to endure long periods of load shedding.
“The lights go out at least 50 times a day,” claimed Birendranagar resident Kamal KC. Except for Mugu, Humla, and Dolpa, the 33 kV central transmission line has been extended to seven districts in Karnali.
In Dailekh, Jajarkot, Jumla, Kalikot, Rukum, and Salyan, including Surkhet, the authority has roughly 100,000 consumers. The electrical connection to Jajarkot’s Nalgad was recently extended. The central line will be extended to Dolpa, according to officials.
The 86-kilometer electricity transmission line was built from Kohalpur to Chisapani, Babai, Harre, Chinchu, and Surkhet. There were no other settlements besides Chisapani and Chinchu at the time
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