Royals Continue To Default Electricity Bills

By Bikash Sangraula

The royal family and royal relatives have continued to default on payment of bills to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), although NEA has regularly dispatched cumulative bills during nearly two-and-a-half years of non-payment to the palace and other residences of the royals in the capital and outside. According to NEA records, the royals owe NEA over Rs 36 million in electricity bills for residences in the capital as of June 14, 2007.

The royals stopped paying after King Gyanendra’s February 1 takeover and haven’t resumed payment so far. On the other hand, the government, despite vehement protests in and outside the parliament, allocated Rs 24.5 million as allowance to the royal family in the recently announced budget. Topping the list of defaulters of electricity bills as of June 14 is the Narayanhiti palace with a whopping Rs 26.37 million in electricity dues, which is followed by Nirmal Niwas with Rs 2.73 million.

Royal relatives with hefty unpaid electricity bills include late Dhirendra Shah’s three daughters – Shitasma Rajya Laxmi Rana with Rs 909,215, Pooja Rajya Laxmi Shah with Rs 522,226 and Dilasha Rajya Laxmi Rana with Rs 486,000. Similarly, King Gyanendra’s sister Shobha Rajya Laxmi Shahi owes Rs 905,000 to NEA, while Dhirendra’s wife late Prekshya Shah owes a total of Rs 792,989 under four separate accounts to her name.

Additionally, there are four other accounts related to the palace at NEA, which also have been defaulting on payment. The King’s Expenses Department owes Rs 90,209, the King’s Purano Janchbujh Kendra Bhawan owes Rs 73,800, the Herchaha Adda, Hanuman-dhoka owes Rs 41,978, and the Narayanhiti Expenses Adda owes Rs 149,652.

Fresh data for Chaunni Durbar, which had Rs 1.5 million in dues till January 2007, was not available due to technical problems at NEA’s revenue collection centers. Other accounts, whose data was also available for only till January this year are King Gyanendra’s aunt Helen Shah with Rs 551,000 in electricity dues, Bharati Rajya Laxmi Singh with Rs 256,000, and Helen Shah’s daughter Jyotsana Rajya Laxmi Devi Basnet with Rs 477,000.

The royals also own residences outside Kathmandu Valley, such as Ratna Mandir in Pokhara and Diyalo bungalow in Bharatpur, which also stopped paying utility bills after King Gyanendra’s bloodless coup.

Royals’ electricity dues
(Till June 14, 2007)

1. Narayanhiti palace – Rs 26.37 million

2. Nirmal Niwas – Rs 2.73 million

3. Shitasma Rajya Laxmi Rana – Rs 909,215

4. Shobha Rajya Laxmi Shahi – Rs 905,000

5. Prekshya Shah – Rs 792,989 (in four accounts)

6. Pooja Rajya Laxmi Shah – Rs 522,226

7. Dilashsa Rajya Laxmi Rana – Rs 486,000

8. King’s Expenses Department – Rs 90, 209

9. King’s Purano Janchbujh Kendra Bhawan – Rs 73,800

10. Herchaha Adda, Hanumandhoka – Rs 41,978

11. Narayanhiti Expenses Adda – Rs 1,49,652
(Till Jan 2007)

12. Chaunni – Rs 1.5 million

13. Helen Shah – Rs 551,000

14. Bharati Rajya Laxmi Singh – Rs 256,000

14. Jyotsana – Rs 477,000

Total: Rs 36 million

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11 thoughts on “Royals Continue To Default Electricity Bills”

  1. Simple solution,

    Just deduct it from the budget allocated to the palace from this years budget. Or rather from the budget that was “not allocated”.

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  2. However,

    I don’t think Gyanenedra is required to pay Narayanhiti’s electricity bills as it is owned by the government. So the owner, i.e. the government has to clear the bills. Tomorrow it could belong to the President of Nepal, so as we won’t expect the head of state to pay the bills of a property owned by the govt. from his/her own pocket, I don’t think Gyanendra needs to either. Why has this author completely overlooked this fact?

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  3. Just give them one week to clear the dues otherwise cut the power to their houses.
    As far as Palace is concerned the government has to clear the dues.

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  4. “Just give them all a week time to clear the dues otherwise, just cut the power to their houses.”
    No, that is not going to happen. Nepotism is common in Nepal and Sher Bahadur Deuba is related to Rana family of Gyanendra by marraige. Plus, Water Resources Minister that controls Nepal Electricity Authority belongs to Deuba Party and an infamous Mandale.

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  5. defaulters should be accountable for their actions. be it the king or the govt. and bigger the name greater the example should be. i would also however like to know how many govt. departments are in defaulters list too. its like “afno jyuu ma bhaisi dekdaina aruka ko jumra kotaucha”. defauters should be named and shamed. so that the people know their true colors before the election

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  6. defaulters should be accountable for their actions. be it the king or the govt. and bigger the name greater the example should be. i would also however like to know how many govt. departments are in defaulters list too. its like “afno jyuu ma bhaisi dekdaina aruka ko jumra kotaucha”. defauters should be named and shamed. so that the people know their true colors before the election

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  7. Gyanendra should definetly pay his electricity bill for Nirwal Niwas. But as sl mentioned he shouldn’t have to pay all of the bill for Narayanhiti. I am not sure if the government owns Narayanhiti or if the land is in the name of the Royal Family – it must be in the name of the Royal family because that’s why there is talk to nationalizing the King’s property. Regardless, it is an official residence of the Monarchy which till now is still an apparatus of the state and so he shouldn’t be expected to pay the entire amount.

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  8. Everyway you look at it, it’s ridiculous…and goes someway to explaining the present predicament of the Royals.

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  9. Wat ever .. we say .. yaa the power must be cut .. but who has the balls to do it … the goverment still paid the King in the Name of mantaning the palace and others.. but where does the money goes .. if the palace are not paying their dues… I Think we need YCL to catch Gyanendra too .. haha..

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  10. Will Prachanda pay his electricity bill out of his pocket if he becomes a the president of nepal??????????????????????

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