Kathmandu : Nepali Prime Minister Prachanda has said that his government will declare energy crisis within a few months, The National News Agency RSS reported on Saturday.
He said the declaration is to be made in view of the possibility of 18-hour load shedding daily in the months of February to April as the energy crisis has been increasing in the country.
Speaking at the General Assembly of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries here on Friday, Prachanda said the government was also issuing white paper on the present state of the country.
Prachanda said that the government has backed building diesel-run thermal plants as the short-term option to tide over the woes of load shedding.
However, energy experts have objected to the government decision on generating 200-250 megawatts of electricity from thermal plants to address the energy crisis in the country.
They said the cost of the electricity from thermal plants will be more expensive and have to wait for another 5-6 months, therefore other alternatives should be sought to decrease load shedding.