Local levels could be allowed to provide licence for hydels of less than 3 megawatts


, January 5

The proposed once enacted will give local level governments the authority to select competent promoters to develop projects with capacity to generate less than three megawatts of power.

The draft of the bill states that local level governments will be allowed to issue the licence and award the contract to develop such projects to any promoter even if the bidding does not have any prior experience in developing .

The bill further states that if the hydropower project falls in two adjoining then the authority to make the decision for such projects will be transferred to the provincial government.

Moreover, if any hydropower project is located in two provinces then the will have the authority to make the decision. Until now all hydropower projects that have been developed or are being developed have been done as per decisions made by the central government.

The aforementioned provisions have been included as per the spirit of the federal governing system to share power and among all three layers of governments.

On September 17, the Ministry of , Water Resources and Irrigation had made public the draft of the new electricity bill for further discussions. At that time, the ministry had sought feedback and suggestions within 15 days, but the ministry has not been able

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