PAC forms sub-committee to study dues of NEA dedicated line users

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KATHMANDU July 21: The Public Account Committee (PAC) under the House of Representatives (HoR) has constituted a sub-committee on the issues relating to the collection of dues to be raised from several industries for the use of dedicated and trunk line services of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

The sub-panel is assigned to prepare the report on the matter and submit it to the committee along with suggestions within a month.

The sub-committee is headed by Dr. Minendra Rijal comprises Surya Pathak, Tejulal Chaudhary, Parbati Bishankhe and Pradeep Yadav as its members. Committee secretary Dr. Rojnath Pandey informed the meeting that the NEA’s dues stood around Rs nine billion.

The committee has already sat for discussions with the NEA office bearers and industrialists concerned on the issue, committee member Rajan KC said. The NEA in the past had decided to ensure dedicated and trunk line facilities (by charging Rs 22 per unit) to majorly big cement industries based in Bhairahawa and Birgunj corridor during the period of load shedding hours.

The public has to pay Rs nine per unit for the household purpose and the NEA billing system calculated the bills of some industries as per the public charge structure, resulting in huge due. The subcommittee will analyze the NEA bills payment by those industries, calculate the loss details and recommend the way for recovering the dues, it is said.

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