The dispute related to the electricity bills of the trunk line service between Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and industries located in the Butwal Bhairahawa industrial corridor has resurfaced. The electricity authority has asked the 23 industries located from Yogikuti of Butwal to Bhairahawa to clear the dues of the Nepali year 2072 and from 2075 till date within Asadh (July 15). However, industrialists in the corridor have said that they have not used the trunk line service so they do not have to pay any bills.
The charge for trunk line service is 67 per cent costlier than that for normal electricity service. The NEA has said it needs to collect Rs 400 million in dues from the concerned industries for the trunk line service.
The industrialists have reiterated that they have neither requested for the trunk line service nor made use of it. They stated that the electricity authority wants to collect more fees from them hence has been billing them as per the charge of the trunk line service which is an injustice to them.
They have also said the dispute regarding the trunk line service fees in Butwal-Bhairahawa industrial corridor is different from the disputes that have surfaced in other industrial corridors. The industrialists have added that they would shut down their factories rather than pay for the trunk line service of NEA.