The newly appointed executive director of Nepal Electricity Authority Kulman Ghising has been reinstated. A cabinet meeting on Monday decided to appoint him as executive director. Today, Energy Secretary Devendra Karki handed over the appointment letter in the presence of Energy Minister Pampha Bhusal.
Former executive director Hitendra Dev Shakya has been appointed by the government to the Water and Power Commission for four years with special services. While assuming office, Ghising has accepted the challenge and expressed his commitment to work with full responsibility given by the government.
Presenting the fact that the end of load shedding in the previous tenure, the loss-making organization has started a new chapter by turning a profit, Ghising said, “This time there are bigger and bigger challenges than then. I have come by accepting that. Nothing happens by my efforts alone. Let’s all work together The expectations of the country, the people, and the nation can be met. ”
He said that he has an action plan to move forward the positive work started after he left the authority and if any wrong work has been done, he will move forward by correcting it.
“This is the biggest challenge for my personal life,” said Ghising. Let’s work with new vigor, let’s move forward shoulder to shoulder, we can achieve greater success than in the past. ”
Stating that he was given the responsibility for the second time in NEA due to the people’s desire, the need of NEA, and the government’s plan, he thanked all those who helped in this task. Ghising was appointed as the executive director of the then Nepali Congress-CPN (Maoist Center) coalition government led by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on September 15, 2008. After completing his four-year term, he retired on September 12, 2008.
He said that he would not disappoint the expectations of the people and expressed confidence that the NEA could be made a model among the various institutions of the government. He said that it was easier for him to coordinate with the political leadership and staff administration and expressed his commitment to work in the country’s energy sector.
Determination to complete the project under construction Addressing the inauguration ceremony organized at NEA, he said that he would take the special initiative to complete the projects under construction as soon as possible. Although the NEA is not its own project, the cost and time have increased as the projects carried out through subsidiaries have not been able to move forward for a long time. He said that the subsidiary of Chilime Hydropower Company will complete the project within the next year.
Projects like Rasuwagadhi, Upper Sanjen, Lower Sanjen, and Madhya Bhotekoshi have been taken forward through the subsidiary of Chilime. Similarly, Executive Director Ghising said that he would work towards the timely completion of projects like Rahughat and Upper Trishuli 3B.
He also informed that necessary preparations are being made to start work on some other big projects. He also said that Upper Arun, Dudhkoshi, Tamakoshi Panchai, and Chainpur Seti will be managed financially and will be taken forward with indigenous investment as much as possible.
He said that there would be no shortage of resources to move ahead with the big project as Upper Tamakoshi would generate about Rs. 20 billion annually when it comes into operation. He said that the project can be constructed with indigenous investment even if the loan is taken from the Employees Provident Fund, Citizens Investment Fund, and other institutions.
Improving distribution system and quality electricity He said that he would work with a plan to improve the distribution system and increase electricity consumption in the industrial sector. Similarly, he said that the cooperation of all is needed to supply electricity to the homes of the people who do not have electricity. At present, 92 percent of households have access to electricity, he said.
Executive Director Ghising said that he plans to supply electricity to the remaining places within a year and set up a system to expand irrigation facilities in the Terai region. He also clarified that the right of the citizens to consume quality electricity will be addressed as much as possible.
He said that only those who work with a plan to consume electricity within the country and the surplus electricity can be sent to the markets of India and Bangladesh. He also expressed confidence that the work of the New Butwal Gorakhpur Transmission Line, the second interstate transmission line, would start soon.