Nepal Foreign Trade Association protests power disconnections by NEA over tariff dispute

Kathmandu: The Nepal Foreign Trade Association (NFTA) has lodged a formal protest against the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) for disconnecting power lines to industries accused of non-payment of electricity tariffs related to the dedicated feeders and trunk lines.

According to NFTA representatives, the NEA recently implemented a tariff hike of up to 67 percent in bills issued to entrepreneurs who had not applied for power supply from dedicated feeders and trunk lines since the end of load shedding in the country.

Expressing dissatisfaction, the NFTA claimed that the NEA failed to provide adequate evidence of electricity consumption before disconnecting power lines. The association underscored the potential negative impact on an economy already grappling with recession. Industries and businesses facing challenging conditions could experience further setbacks, impacting entrepreneurial morale.

In response to the situation, the NFTA has urgently appealed to the NEA to address the matter swiftly, advocating for a mutually beneficial resolution. The association has called for the immediate restoration of power supply to disconnected industries and urged the NEA not to halt supply to additional industries for similar reasons.

The NFTA emphasized the need for a collaborative and constructive dialogue to find a solution that serves the interests of both parties and avoids exacerbating economic challenges in the region.