Energy minister says pta can not be made public

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    Ministry of EnergyKathmandu, Aug. 19: Energy Minister Radha Gyawali has called on lawmakers to understand the difficulty in making public full details of the Power Trade Agreement (PTA) to be signed with India as it was in the phase of talks.

    She made this remark as lawmakers demanded full details of the PTA with India for studies prior to discussion, in today’s meeting of the Agriculture and Water Resources Committee of the parliament.

    Stating that the PTA with India will be in national interest, she said it would not be proper to make public fully the agreement between two countries as per international laws.

    She said PDA, however, was not under her ministry and that her ministry was serious on completing transmission lines in time.

    In the meeting, Irrigation Minister Narayan Prakash Saud informed about the effects in dry season to irrigation projects in Ranijamara Kulariya, Rajapur and Surya Patuwa downstream of the Upper Karnali Hydel Project.

    More discussion should be held on the impacts of the project as it is in reservoir model, he said.

    Senior member of the Committee Amrit Kumar Bohara said August 21 has been fixed for more discussions on PTA and PDA and Recommendation Committee headed by NPC Vice Chairman Govind Pokhrel and Investment Board will be invited in the next meeting.

    Source : The Rising Nepal