KATHMANDU: A sheer misuse of power, literally, can be seen at the Nepal Electricity Authority, which can give a pretty good shock.
The country is reeling under acute power crisis, with 49 hours outage a week, and the NEA has been urging all to consume as less electricity as possible. But a stroll inside the electricity building in Ratnapark makes one witness that as many as 41 top officials, including the acting managing director, have electric heaters at their ‘kitchens’ running all the time — morning to evening. The 1000-watt heaters are used for making tea and snacks.
The central office of NEA, which makes an appeal to all to avoid using heaters, air conditioners and lifts whenever possible in view of electricity crisis, enjoys round-the-clock power supply. Making the mockery of its own appeal to public, the managing director, 10 general managers and 30 directors and department chiefs have their own kitchens, with one to two heaters. Smell of boiling noodles, omelette or tea wafts across the building whole day. During winter season, the electricity consumption is much higher, as bosses use ‘extra heaters’ to make their chambers warm and cozy, said an official not wanting to be named.
Records from Ratnapark Distribution Centre showed the NEA head office, which has 1,500 staff, had consumed 53,400 units of electricity in the month of Shrawan (mid-July to mid-August).
When asked NEA Spokesperson Sher Singh Bhat said electric heaters were being used because it was impractical to use gas stove for ‘such small purposes’.