- Are there alternative sources for updated load-shedding schedules?
– Yes, there are a couple of reliable sources you can use to get latest and updated load-shedding schedules. Whenever there is a new/updated load-shedding schedule, the Nepal Electricity Authority publishes an official notice in national broadsheets and the notice is also available online. NEA’s load-shedding schedule notice is available only in Nepali, so for English you can check load-shedding schedule pages maintained by English online newspapers in Nepal, for instance Myrepublica’s loadshedding page is a good alternative. Another good source is BattiGayo’s loadshedding schedule page.
- Are there mobile apps available for load-shedding schedules?
– Yes, there are quite many mobile apps that inform you of loadshedding schedule in Nepal. For android users, Nepal Loadshedding Schedule app is very popular choice with 4.5/5 rating based on more than 22000 votes. For iOS users, the BattiGayo app is the way to go. This app is highly customizable, for instance, you can make it inform you 10 minutes before loadshedding starts, or use iPhone’s built-in flashlight right from the app and so on. For Windows phone users, Loadshedding Nepal developed by Ashim Adhikari is recommended. All these apps are free.
- How acute load-shedding/power cuts tend to be in Nepal?
– Everyday life in Nepal has been crippled by continuous power cuts for almost a decade. Power cuts are long and frequent during autumn and winter seasons when demand for electricity is high (due to cold and darkness) and production is low. Rainy season offers a bit of respite when demand is a bit low and production is high since water level in the rivers increases due to rains. In winter and spring, power cuts can last up to 8-14h/day and during rainy season up to 2-6 hours.
- What are alternative ways to deal with it?
– Since power cuts and load-shedding are everyday reality in Nepal, many people have learned to live with them. Many people have chosen to install solar panels or electric inverters. If you are traveling to Nepal as a tourist, carrying a portable cellphone power bank is highly recommended. If you are heading for camping or hiking, carrying a solar lantern would be a wise decision. People have these days started using biogas for light, and since cooking is mostly done by using firewoods (in villages) and LPG gas (in cities), electricity doesn’t affect in that area so much.
- Why is there so much load-shedding in Nepal? When will Nepal be loadshedding free?
– There are many reasons. First, due to rapid urbanization in recent decades, the demand for electricity has risen sharply. People can nowadays afford multiple gadgets and heating equipments as the socioeconomic condition improves. Though demand is high, electricity production has been minimal, mostly due to the investment unfriendly situation caused by the 10-year long Maoist war and subsequent political instability. Electricity projects are highly debated issues in Nepal and foreign investments have been very controversial in the past. There is no significant interest for FDI and the government is unable to build mega electricity projects alone.
However, there are a few big projects under construction and if everything goes smoothly, according to NEA’s estimation, Nepal should be load-shedding free by 2020.
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