KATHMANDU: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is to launch ‘Bright and Clean City Campaign’ to enhance urban beauty. Under the Bright City Campaign, smart lights will be installed on the main roads, historical and cultural heritages listed in the World Heritage list and tourist sites in coordination and cooperation with the municipalities.
The campaign will enhance the beauty of the city, increase the demand for electricity and also consume electricity wasted at night, said NEA Managing Director Kul Man Ghising.
Ghising said that the work of removing unused electric poles and wires in the main and subsidiary roads and laying the wires underground would be taken forward under the cleaning campaign.
In the first phase, the bright and clean city campaign will be run in the Kathmandu Valley, Bharatpur and Pokhara metropolis and then expanded across the country.
Earlier, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal had announced to improve the quality of distribution system and expand it underground in urban areas by increasing the capacity of distribution lines and substations through her action plan.
The NEA is going to launch ‘Bright and Clean City Campaign’ to implement the minister’s declaration.
“Unnecessary poles stand on the roads. We have started removing them. In the first phase, work is underway in Maharajgunj and Ratna Park areas of Kathmandu to take the electric wires underground.
“We are expanding it to the major cities of the country as the underground system will be safer than the existing overhead distribution system and will help maintain beauty,” Ghising said.