JCWR meet concludes, India to construct Mahendranagar-Tanakpur road stretch

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    KATHMANDU, JAN 25 –

    The two-day meeting of the Joint Commission on Water Resources ( JCWR ) at the Secretary level has ended on Friday. The meeting that kicked off on Thursday dwelt on crucial matters related to water resources and energy. During the meeting, India  agreed to construct Mahendranagar-Tanakpur road stretch as per the Mahakali treaty.

    The meeting discussed bilateral issues, from the Pancheshwor and Koshi High Dam Multipurpose Projects to the pending Power Trade Agreement and the construction of prospective cross-border transmission lines and the development of the Naumure Hydropower Project on the first day.

    It has been reported that India assured to initiate road construction at the earliest.

    Likewise, India was also positive on construction of prospective cross-border transmission lines. Nepal had proposed to construct transmission line from Bardaghat ti Gorakhpur of India.

    India has assured to strike deal on the proposal following written agreement.

    Similarly, the meeting extended a two-year period for the preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the development of the Sapta Koshi High Dam Multipurpose Project and the Sunkoshi Diversion Project.

    Nepal and India also agreed to waive custom tax on the material and essentials for the projects.

    Energy Secretary Hari Ram Koirala led the Nepali side, while Secretary at the Ministry of Water Resources Dhruba Bijaya Singh led the Indian team. Officials from the Energy Ministry, Ministry of Irrigation and the Nepal Electricity Authority also attended the meeting.

    Source : The Kathmandu Post

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    India ‘positive’ in water resources summit

    KATHMANDU, JAN 25 –

    The seventh iteration of the Joint Commission on Water Resources meeting at the Secretary level kicked off on Thursday with officials from Nepal and India dwelling on crucial matters related to water resources and energy.

    The meeting discussed bilateral issues, from the Pancheshwor and Koshi High Dam Multipurpose Projects to the pending Power Trade Agreement and the construction of prospective cross-border transmission lines and the development of the Naumure Hydropower Project on the first day. The meeting will last until Friday.

    Energy Ministry spokesperson Sri Ranjan Lackoul said the first day saw discussions on all agendas and that their Indian counterparts responded positively. He said the meeting also discussed the construction of the Pancheswor Multipurpose Project, continuation of a feasibility study on the Sapta Koshi High Dam Project, water-induced problems like floods, inundations and embankments in border areas and the possibility of curbing the existing power cuts in Nepal. “Concrete decisions will be taken on Friday,” said Lackoul.

    Energy Secretary Hari Ram Koirala led the Nepali side, while Secretary at the Ministry of Water Resources Dhruba Bijaya Singh led the Indian team. Officials from the Energy Ministry, Ministry of Irrigation and the Nepal Electricity Authority also attended the meeting. An official said the meeting discussed the preparation of a detailed project report for the development of the Sapta Koshi High Dam Multipurpose Project and the Sunkoshi Diversion Project. “The meeting is likely to extend a two-year period for the preparation of the DPR for the two projects,” said the official.

    Source : The Kathmandu Post

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    भारतले जलस्रोत र ऊर्जा क्षेत्रको विकासमा सहकार्य गर्ने

    काठमाडौं, माघ १२ – नेपाल र भारतका उच्च अधिकारीहरू जलस्रोत र ऊर्जा क्षेत्रको विकासमा सहकार्य गर्दै अघि बढ्न सहमत भएका छन्। नेपाल-भारत सचिवस्तरीय संयुक्त जलस्रोत समितिको आज यहाँ सम्पन्न सातौं बैठकमा त्यस्तो सहमति भएको हो।

    बैठकमा दुई देशबीच विद्युत् आदानप्रदान तथा अन्तरदेशीय प्रसारण लाइन निर्माण, नौमुरे जलविद्युत् आयोजना, सप्तकोसी उच्च बाँध तथा सुनकोसी कमला डाइभर्सनको सम्भाव्यता अध्ययन, पञ्चेश्वर बहुउद्देश्यीय आयोजना विकास, कोसी र गण्डक आयोजनाबारे छलफल भएको तथा ती विषयमा भारतीय पक्षले सकारात्मक जवाफ दिएको ऊर्जा मन्त्रालयका प्रवक्ता श्रीरञ्ज लाकौलले बताए ।

    सौहाद्रपूर्ण वातावरणमा बैठकमा नेपाल-भारत सीमावर्ती क्षेत्रमा हुने बाढी नियन्त्रण सप्तकोसी उच्च बाँधसम्बन्धी अध्ययन गर्ने कार्यमा देखा पर्दै आएको स्थानीय अवरोधको विषय मुख्यतया कोसी बाढी पीडितको क्षतिपूर्तिसँग गाँसिएको सन्दर्भ नेपाली पक्षबाट उठान भएकोमा क्षतिपूर्तिको विषयमा पूर्व स्थापित कोसी-गण्डक आयोजना संयुक्त समितिमार्फत अघि बढाउने सहमति भएको उनले जानकारी दिए ।

    प्रवक्ता लाकौलका अनुसार साथै पश्चिम राप्ती, खाँडो, बलान तथा लखनदेही नदीमा भारतीय सहयोगमा तटबन्धको कार्य अगाडि बढाउने सहमतिलगायत दोस्रो अन्तरदेशीय विद्युत् प्रसारण लाइन, पञ्चेश्वर विकास प्राधिकरण गठनसम्बन्धमा कार्यहरु तदारुकताका साथ अगाडि बढाउने सहमति भएको छ।

    बैठकमा २० सदस्यीय प्रतिनिधिमण्डलको नेतृत्व ऊर्जा मन्त्रालयका सचिव हरिराम कोइरालाले तथा १२ सदस्यीय भारतीय प्रतिनिधिमण्डलको नेतृत्व त्यहाँको जल संशाधन मन्त्रालयका सचिव ध्रुवविजय सिंहले गरेका थिए ।

    नेपाली प्रतिनिधिमण्डलमा ऊर्जा मन्त्रालय, परराष्ट्र मन्त्रालय, सिँचाइ मन्त्रालय, जल तथा ऊर्जा आयोगको सचिवालय, सिँचाइ विभाग, जलउत्पन्न प्रकोप नियन्त्रण विभाग, विद्युत् विकास विभाग, जल तथा मौसम विज्ञान विभाग, नेपाल विद्युत् प्राधिकरण, पञ्चेश्वर बहुउद्देश्यीय आयोजना तथा सप्तकोसी बहुउद्देश्यीय आयोजनाका उच्चस्तरीय प्रतिनिधि सहभागी रहने र भारतको तर्फबाट भारतको जल संशाधन मन्त्रालय, भारतीय राजदूतावास, भारतीय केन्द्रीय जल आयोग, गङ्गा बाढी नियन्त्रण आयोग, उत्तराखण्ड तथा बिहार सरकारका उच्च पदाधिकारीहरु एवम् नेसनल हाइड्रोपावर कर्पोरेसनका पदाधिकारीको सहभागिता रहेको थियो।

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