Nepal, India 7th joint committee meet kicks off

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    KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The seventh meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Committee on Water Resources began here on Thursday.

    The two-day meeting will discuss on the status of the implementation of projects agreed by the sixth meeting held in New Delhi, India, two years ago, import of additional electricity from India, Nepal-India Power Purchase Agreement, building of cross border transmission line and import of additional power from India.

    Energy Ministry Spokesman Sriranjan Lakoul said the meeting will review the progress of the implementation of Mahakali Treaty, Pancheswor Multipurpose Project, establishment of Pancheswor Development Authority, Tanakpur-Mahendranagar link road, flow of water for irrigation in Nepal from the Chandani-Dodhara area, Sunkoshi Diversion and Storage Plan, Saptakoshi High Dam Multipurpose Project and Gandak Project.

    Likewise, the agenda of the meeting will also be the West Rapti Multi-Purpose Project called Naumure, and report of the Mechi River Survey on Mechi River embankment, bilateral committee activities under the joint committee and water and water borne disaster control, he told RSS.

    Other issues to be discussed include the flood forecasting of Nepal´s rivers, progress review of the joint ministerial commission on water resources, construction of new inter-link transmission line, Katai-Kusaha and Raxaul-Parwanipur 132 kV transmission line and 400 kV Mujaffarpur-Dhalkebar Double Circuit.

    Energy Ministry Secretary Hariram Koirala has been leading the 20-member Nepali side and 11- member Indian delegation by Water Resources Ministry Secretary, DV Singh.

    Participating in the meeting were officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Energy, Irrigation, Energy Commission, and Directors General of departments of Electricity Development, Water and Meteorology, Irrigation and Water Borne Disaster Control Development.

    Also participating in the meeting are Pancheswor Multipurpose Project chief, and managing directors of Saptakoshi High Dam Multipurpose Project and Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

    Source : RSS