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India offers help to Nepal to overcome power crisis

India offered Nepal on Friday help in mitigating its power crisis, saying the two nations could work together in field of non-conventional sources of energy to overcome the electricity shortage.

‘India is ready to extend help to Nepal to mitigate its energy crisis,’ Indian Ambassador to the country Jayant Prasad said at a symposium on Alternate Energy organised by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.

The two neighbouring countries can work together in partnership in non-conventional sources of energy as well to get rid of the power current shortage, he said.

Prasad said, ‘Although there is free flow of people between Nepal and India, through the open border, the electric grid connectivity between the two countries is poor, which needs to be improved.’

As Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are power deficit states of India, there is big potential in exporting hydro-power to these states of India from Nepal in the future so that it would help Nepal to overcome its trade deficit and reduce dependency on remittance for foreign exchange earnings, he said.

Meanwhile, experts stressed on the need to harness alternate energy sources such as solar and wind to get rid of the current load-shedding.
Shirish B Pradhan

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