KBC power cuts affect Namche, Khumjung life badly

Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Photo:
Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Photo:

KATHMANDU, Nepal- Namche and Khumjung, the major tourist destinations and the main market areas of Solukhumbu district are in dark since a week after the power generating company Khumbu Bidhut Company (KBC) halted power supply.

The areas have witnessed the power outage after the KBC cut power supplies citing maintenance and upgrading the power capacity. “The company has to undergo through regular maintenance and this time the power cuts prolonged more as we are also upgrading its capacity,” Pemba Sherpa of KBC was qquoted as saying by a RSS report.

Following the company’s decision, more than 800 houses at the entry of the Mount Everest have been living without electricity for a week now. And, according to a local Phurba Sherpa, the company has issued a notice to stop power supply for the next four months. “Daily activities have been affected badly following the power cuts, Sherpa said, adding, locals and tourists find it hard to communicate in the absence of electricity.

No electric appliances including television, heater among others have been run in lack of electricity, he said.

The power cuts have its negative impacts on communication services as well. Nepal Telecom, the government-run telecommunication office has cut-short its 24-hour service to 10 from the morning to eight in the evening, Sherpa said.


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