Three biomass gasification power plants in Parsa have been lying non operational for a long time due to lack of parts, reports The Kathmandu Post.
- These plants were installed with the support of Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) in Jagarnathpur, Mahadevpatti and Sonbarsa.
- Jagarnathpur plant, the first gasification power plant of Nepal, was shut down as it could not compete with the cheaper rates of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).
- Mahadevpatti and Sonbarsa were modelled after Jagarnathpur but were in operational due to lack of parts.
- Moreover, employees of the contracting company, Ganesh Engineering Workshop of Bihar, India, refused to visit the sites citing strikes and protests in the region. Nayan Singh, a technician of the company from Motihari, India, has not been seen since.
By the numbers:
- The plant at Mahadevpatti cost an estimated Rs. 4.2 million with local women contributing labour valued at Rs. 450,000.
- The Sonbarsa plant has an estimated cost of Rs. 4.4 million, with local women contributing labour worth Rs. 418,217.
- The contracting company received Rs. 2.14 million in the first instalment and Rs. 607,000 in the second instalment.
- The plants were planned to be built at a cost of Rs. 115,000 per kilowatt but the stations are barely functioning.