Pancheshwar Governing Council to meet Friday

    A meeting of the secretary level Governing Council has been slated for Thursday to forward the works on the Pancheshwar Multi-purpose Hydroelectricity Project to be constructed on the Mahakali River that forms the western border between Nepal and India.

    The meeting of the Energy Secretaries of Nepal and India has been convened after the two countries agreed to speed up works on the project during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s recent state visit to India.

    Although the meeting was said to be held for two days on Thursday and Friday, the program has been set to hold discussions on the main agenda only on Friday. The joint meetings of the Council set for January 7-9 and February 3-4 before this were postponed.

    Energy Secretary Suman Prasad Sharma said that it was agreed in talks between Prime Minister Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and the Indian Energy State Minister Piyush Goyal to speed up the works on the Pancheshwar Project.

    He said the progress on the DPR of the Pancheshwar Project, the program and budget for 2016 and the framework of the Authority are to be discussed in the meeting. The project has the installed capacity of generating 6,690 megawatts power besides providing irrigation facilities to Kanchanpur district on Nepal side and some Indian territory.

    The project had remained stalled for the last 23 years.

    Source : RSS