By Bishnu Pandey, Dec. 4: Managing director of
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Kul Man Ghising has blamed that the dubious role played by the Department of Roads has forced the halting of the underground wiring
He said that the work done by NEA to bring to life
the concept of not only a clean city but also a smart city is impacted by the activities of the director general of the Department of Roads and some employees.
The work of fixing underground wires has been
stopped since October.
Addressing the inauguration programme of fixing the
smart roadside light, jointly organized by Lalitpur Metropolitan City and the
NEA last Friday, Ghising objected to the halt that has been observed in fixing
the underground wires. He urged the government to play a coordinating role.
He said, “We have received aid from ADB in undergrounding
the wire, but, the work could not be done in three districts of the valley
because of a lack of permission and consent from the road department. It has been
halted for the last seven months. It has come to a situation where
contractors are trying to leave the job.”
As a large-scale project is being implemented, if
the people representatives would play the coordinating role with the Department
of Road, then it can still be completed as it has some time left for it.
The rural municipality has permitted to work
on footpaths but the Department of Road has not permitted it.
The Director General said, “It costs 10 times more to
put wire underground than to put on the ground level. Many things can come up
while digging underground. We were on to complete the work by coordination even though it possessed some difficulty in implementation, however, it was denied by the
Department of Road.”
To organize the electricity distribution
system the NEA was divided into different phases. The work was started in
the areas under Ratnapark and Maharajgunj as the first phase.
In the second phase, the underground wiring was started
in the remaining parts of Kathmandu. Underground wire fixing was initiated
in Bhaktapur and some parts of Lalitpur in the second phase. In the fourth
phase, the work of undergrounding the distribution system under Pokhara and
Bharatpur Metropolitan City was started.
Road: No hindrance from our side
The Department of Roads said that no obstacle has
been made by them for the underground wiring work.
Spokesperson of the Department of Roads, Ram
Hari Pokharel, said that there is no hindrance from our side in the underground
wiring project of NEA.
He said, “We have not created any obstacle amidst the
work of NEA and it is not our purpose.”
He said, “The potholes dug by NEA for fixing
underground wires were left unattended but the blame came on us. So, we raise
the deposit from 20 per cent to 50 per cent.”
The deposit is to be made by the contractor
company. NEA does not have to bear any burden. But, the NEA refuses to understand
The main aim of the Department of Roads is to see that there are no potholes due to underground wiring, he said.