The Butwal-Bhairahawa corridor industry’s dispute over trunk line electricity tariffs has reached the courts. On Monday, 18 industrialists in the Butwal-Bhairahawa corridor filed a lawsuit against the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in Rupandehi District Court. The area’s dissatisfied industrialists have stated that they have neither demanded or used trunk line electricity.
The petitioners have named the Nepal Electricity Authority’s central office and three distribution centres in Kathmandu, including the customer service directorate, as defendants in the action.
According to Court sources, 14 industrialists have filed separate cases against the Nepal Electricity Authority’s Bhairahawa Distribution Center, the Nepal Electricity Authority’s Central Office, the Distribution and Customer Service Directorate, and the Nepal Electricity Authority’s Distribution and Customer Service Directorate. Three industries have filed suit against the New Mill Distribution Center, the NEA’s Central Office, and the NEA’s directorate, while one industrialist has filed suit against the Butwal Distribution Center.
For two years, NEA and 23 industrialists in the corridor have been at odds over a trunk line that was linked to the industry four years ago. Five additional industries, the industrialists claim, will file the petition in the near future.