China donates over 32,000 solar power generators to Nepal
Beijing: China has donated over 32,000 solar power generating systems to Nepal to enhance its domestic capacity and to provide electricity to communities that have been without power since the 2015 earthquake.
The donated items included 32,000 sets of household solar power generation systems and 325 sets of solar power generation systems, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.
The aid from China comes as left alliance headed by CPN- UML leader K P Sharma Oli, who is widely regarded as pro- China, won the recent elections in Nepal.
China has been investing heavily in Nepal as it seeks to expand its influence in the land-locked country which is heavily dependent on supplies of essential goods from neighbour country India.
Oli during his brief stint in power between 2015-16 signed the Transit Transport Agreement (TTA) with China to improve the connectivity between Nepal and Tibet in a bid to end decades-old dependency on India for daily supplies.
During his Beijing visit last year, China in a strategic move agreed to extend the train link in Tibet to Nepal to improve the connectivity by road and rail.
"The support provided by China is instrumental to addressing environmental problems and climate change. It will also benefit our people from the perspective of health and saving time," Ram Prasad Lamsal, joint secretary at Nepal's Ministry of Population and Environment was quoted as saying by the report.
According to the Nepali government, the systems will be distributed by the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) in districts highly impacted by a devastating earthquake that hit the country in 2015.
The 7.8 magnitude quake jolted the country in April 2015, killing more than 8,000 people and displacing lakhs of others.
More than 600,000 houses were damaged due to the tremor and thousands of schools including over 25,000 classrooms were reduced to rubble in the devastating earthquake.
Ram Prasad Dhital, executive director at AEPC, told Xinhua that "the larger power generation systems will be used for community schools, health centres and local government offices while the low power systems will be used by households."