CHITWAN: DEC. 23 – The line was cut owing to non-payment of the energy tariff at the Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium, which has been shuttered for five months due to a lack of funds. Nepal Electricity Authority Bharatpur Distribution Center cut the line on Wednesday after the arrears increased.
According to NEA’s Bharatpur Center Engineer Rajendra Poudel, the electricity tariff of the stadium has reached Rs. 887,000. He said the line was cut after the tariff had not been paid for four months. The Dhurmus Suntali Foundation has withdrawn from the construction of the stadium due to a lack of funds.
The foundation has also requested the Bharatpur Municipal Corporation to take ownership saying that more than Rs. 170 million is yet to be paid. The NEA has also cut the line of the industry as the wine-producing company Mount Everest Brewery is yet to pay the arrears of Rs 3.74 million. Poudel informed that the line of 12 small firms and organizations has been cut.
According to the office, the Bharatpur distribution center, which has more than 50,000 customers, is yet to collect Rs 14 million including arrears for more than 60 days. Poudel informed that the arrears in the office had reached Rs. 70 million only a few years ago. The arrears have come down in recent years due to the tightening of tariff collection.