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, according to Ram Bahadur KC, 55, of Birendranagar.
“The population and use of various electricity-consuming appliances has increased, yet the old electricity equipment has not even been repaired,” he said, noting that a storm had damaged the 33-year-old transmission line.
Wide voltage swings have a considerable risk of damaging equipment, according to KC.
“The energy outage has hampered hospital activities and medical care of patients,” said Dr Nawaraj KC of the provincial hospital.
“Low voltage prevents machines from running,” he explained. “Even if there isn’t a power outage, the generator may need to be turned on,” he explained.
“The lights usually go out at night. Because of the threat of wild animals, the army that guards the park does not allow us to approach the region at night,” he explained.
According to Subedi, 95 percent of the land between Kohalpur and Surkhet is covered with forest. He claimed that repairing the electrical poles in the Chisapani, Babai, and Harre forests took a long time.
A 33 kV transmission line can be expanded up to 60 kilometres according to rules. “However, the line has been extended up to 300 kilometres without a substation in some places,” he stated.
With the installation of a new transmission line, this will change, and the inhabitants of Karnali will have reliable electricity. However, the project is not without flaws. According to a f
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