KATHMANDU, April 17 -- Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is under pressure to manage electricity supply due to a massive fall in production of hydropower plants, low import from India and an increase in demand for electricity.

The NEA records show that it has been facing a shortfall of 3,051 MWh of electricity to meet the total electricity demand in the country. On Tuesday, the state-owned power utility registered the total demand at 38,619 MWh, but the supply was only 35,568 MWh.

Out of the total supply, 7,322 MWh is supplied by the NEA-invested power plants, while the production from its subsidiary companies accounts for 2,864 MWh. The private sector has been supplying 12,487 MWh.

Citing the inadequate production from domestic plants...