Nepal is Richest

Former chief of NEA, Arjun&nbsp;Kumar Karki, who is now joint secretary at Ministry of Science and Technology.<br>Arjun Kumar Karki

April 8, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 04 No.-20 April 08-2011 (Chaitra 25,2067)

The per capita availability of water in Nepal is high above the average water availability per capita in the world. Even in the hydropower sector, Nepal’s per capita potential is much higher than the average hydropower potentiality in the world. I don’t claim that Nepal is the second richest in the world in terms of water resources, we definitely have to show evidence from science and mathematical logic, not in terms of hearsay.

Talk in terms of gross hydropower potential, China’s three Gorges is generating 22,600 MW power. That is more than one fourth of power potentiality of Nepal.

But if you talk on the basis of per capita, Nepal is still one of the richest in terms of water availability for hydropower generation.

If you talk about the distribution of water availability over the period of a year, for 70 percent of the water, precipitation occurs four months in the year.


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