Kathmandu is now lit up after the end of load-shedding. Pic: Bikram Rai
In 2016, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) got a new chief, Kul Man Ghising, and Nepalis immediately started getting 24 hours of power supply. This is after a decade of crippling power shortages ( 2006-2016), during which they were told again and again the problem was due to the tremendous gap between demand and supply.
As it turns out, plenty of electricity already existed, but much of it was being sold to line the pockets of top NEA executives who were selling electricity to industrialists.