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NEA increases load shedding by 14 hours a day

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KATHMANDU — The Nepal Electricity Authority on Sunday announced increase in the load shedding hours to 86 hours a week from the existing 77 hours a week effective from Monday.

With this change, people will be without electricity for up to 14 hours a day. The reducing water level in rivers feeding major hydropower plants has compelled the authority to make such a move, according to Ram Chandra Pandey, deputy managing director at the NEA.

While the state-owned utility currently supplies around 500MW power, including 200MW it imports from India, the peak demand stands at 1,300MW.

“A surge in the electricity demand in the wake of an acute fuel shortage has also prompted the NEA to increase power cuts,” Pandey said.

Though the government had pledged power supply during “cooking time”, the new schedule leaves people without electricity to cook their meals for at least three days a week.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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