Workers protest in Bara against NEA’s power line disconnect

KATHMANDU: In a show of discontent, workers from Jagdamba Steel, Triveni Spinning Mill, and Hulas Steel, located in Simra, Bara, staged a protest on Wednesday morning against the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

The demonstration was prompted by the NEA’s decision to cut off power lines, claiming non-payment of dues for electricity usage from dedicated and trunk lines.

Approximately 6,000 workers from these three industries participated in the protest, expressing concern over their livelihoods as the abrupt power cut forced the closure of the industries.

The protesting workers marched with placards, announcing their grievances, and announced plans to encircle the Nepal Electricity Authority’s office. Additionally, they intend to submit a memorandum outlining their demands to the District Administration Office.

Industry leaders have leveled allegations against the NEA, accusing the authority of unjustly demanding extra charges despite regular payments of electricity bills by the industrialists.

The NEA’s assertion of sending fake bills claiming that the businesses utilized the lights only after three and a half years has further intensified the dispute.

As tensions escalate, the workers are urging a resolution to ensure the continuity of industrial operations and safeguard the employment of thousands relying on these crucial industries in the region. The authorities are expected to engage with both parties to address the concerns and find a mutually agreeable solution.

Fiscal Nepal |
Wednesday December 27, 2023, 01:24:19 PM |

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