KATHMANDU: The private sector has requested the government to extend the study permit period for power projects by two years. Independent Power Producers Association, Nepal (IPPAN) put forth the demand to Sushil Chandra Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation on Sunday.
IPPAN’s Vice President Ganesh Karki said that since schedules of the hydropower projects have been extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government should extend the deadline of the study permit.
On Sep 7, 2022, the committee headed by Madhu Prasad Bhetuwal, Joint Secretary of the Ministry, recommended the timelines of all kinds of permits for power projects, but not the study permits, be extended.
IPPAN demands that the period of the timeline should be extended due to the fact that the consultant could not reach the project site for two years during the covid-19 pandemic and the study of the project could not be completed due to the fact that the EIA/IEE of the hydropower project was not permitted the national parks and conservation areas.