According to the Division of Water Resources and Energy Development under the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development of the Province, 67 percent of the population of Karnali Province (about 1.3 million people) is compelled to live in the dark due to a lack of energy.
They rely on kerosene lights or sun energy for illumination. The province has a total installed capacity of around 18,000 megawatts of power. Civil rights activists, on the other hand, claim that a lack of funding has exacerbated the situation.
With this achievement, the provincial government’s goal of making the province completely dark by implementing micro hydropower projects and alternate energy sources within the next three years has been achieved.
According to the Ministry of Energy, the construction of small hydropower projects and the installation of solar energy panels on the initiative of provincial and local governments has reduced the number of people who are without electricity (previously, 72 percent of the population was without electricity).
According to the Division, electricity is available to 47 percent of the population in Surkhet, 50 percent in Salyan, 39 percent in Rukum-West, 26 percent in Dailekh, 14 percent in Jajarkot, 20 percent in Dolpa, five percent in Jumla, 22 percent in Kalikot, 19 percent in Mugu, and 28 percent in Mugu (Humla).