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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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NOC imposes quota system for fuel supply

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KATHMANDU — NEpal Oil Corporation has imposed a quota system in fuel after halt in fuel supply across the country due to protest from petroleum transport workers.

The NOC has asked petrol pumps to distribute five liters to two wheelers , 15 liters  to four wheelers  and 50-100 liters  to public vehicles per day.

The Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has been protesting against the new Criminal Code for the last three days arguing that the code is against them.

They have submitted 13-point demand to the government which, among others, calls for rollback of some provisions that proposes increment in punishment for drivers for death resulting from driver’s negligence.

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As per the new Criminal Code, drivers can be sentenced to a jail term of 3 to 10 years in case of death of people in road accidents. Earlier, it was 2 to 10 years. The new code has also mandated a fine of Rs30,000 to Rs100,000 in such cases.

Normally, NOC tends to store seven days fuel backup. However, the state owned oil monopoly said that its stock had depleted because fuel has been coming from Siliguri depot only.

NOC spokesperson Birendra Kumar Goit said supplies had been affected after tanker operators refused to transport fuel.

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