Karnali remains to be in its infancy


Khalanga, 25 October. Sixty-seven percent of the people of Karnali are still dependent on Tuki and solar energy for their livelihood.
According to the Water Resources and Energy Development Division under the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development, Karnali has a population of over 1.8 million and only 33.39 percent or 561,000 people have direct access to electricity.
The remaining 1.3 million, or 67 percent, are dependent on Tuki and Dayalo. According to civil rights activists, Karnali, which has the capacity and potential to generate about 18,000 MW of electricity, has been forced to live in darkness under the lights due to lack of investment.

Until a few years ago, 72 percent of the people of Karnali had no access to electricity. According to the Ministry of Physical Development, it has decreased by five percent recently after the state and local governments built small and micro hydropower and solar energy.

The state government has allocated Rs. 423.1 million for rural electrification in the districts of the state in the current Fiscal Year 2078/79 as in previous years. In the three years since the formation of the state government, the government’s goal of making Karnali dark-free through micro-hydropower and alternative energy has become like a dream. रासस





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