Nepal PM to visit power projects in Himachal

RSTV Bureau

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district for the visit of the Nepal Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is visiting Jhakri town of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday to inspect Asia’s biggest underground Nathpa-Jhakri hydro-power project. The project has a power generation capacity of 1500 megawatt.

He is also Dahal is expected to hold discussions on hydro-power projects in Nepal with officials of Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam, a Navratna Public Sector Undertaking.

Prachand-Nepal-PM-Narendra-ModiThe Nigam is commissioning various hydro-power projects in several states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.

On his return to Delhi, he is scheduled to call on Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Rashtapati Bhawan.

Prachanda arrived in Delhi on Thursday on his first foreign visit after assuming office earlier this month.

Earlier on Friday India and Nepal agreed that they will “not allow” their territory to be used against each other and also agreed to set up an oversight mechanism to review the progress of economic and development projects on regular basis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal earlier held talks on several areas of partnership between the two countries.

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj receives Prime Minister of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on his arrival in New Delhi, September 15, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj receives Prime Minister of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on his arrival in New Delhi, September 15, 2016.
Photo – PTI

In a joint statement issued by the two sides later, they gave various details related to strengthening of ties.

“They stressed the need to ensure that the open border, which has facilitated economic interaction and movement of people and goods on both sides of the border and has been a unique feature of India-Nepal bilateral ties, is not allowed to be misused by unscrupulous elements posing security threats to either side,” it said.

The Nepali side also reiterated its support for India’s candidature for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

“Both sides also agreed to set up an oversight mechanism comprising senior officials from the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and the Government of Nepal, which will review progress together with respective project implementing agencies/developers of ongoing economic and development projects on a regular basis, and take necessary steps to expedite their implementation,” it said.

The Prime Minister of Nepal shared with his Indian counterpart the efforts made by the present government to take all sections of Nepali society on board for effective implementation of the constitution.

“The Prime Minister of Nepal thanked the government and people of India for their goodwill, support and solidarity in Nepal’s peace process,” it said, adding, “Both sides agreed to hold the next session of the India-Nepal Joint Commission in 2016.”

The two Prime Ministers stressed on the need for early development of infrastructure at integrated check posts (ICPs) to facilitate smooth and faster movement of people and goods.

“They noted with satisfaction the progress in construction of ICPs at Raxaul and Jogbani, and agreed that work on the Raxaul-Birgunj ICP project will be expedited with the objective of completing it by December,” the joint statement said.

Both sides agreed that steps will be initiated to facilitate development of three other agreed cross-border rail-link projects so that the land acquisition can commence on the Nepali side.