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Nepal, India experts’ meeting on Pancheshwor begins

Kathmandu, February 27

Expert groups of Nepal and India have launched a meeting in Kathmandu to hold discussions on the implementation of the Pancheshwor Multipurpose Project (PMP).

The third joint meeting that will run for two days is expected to sort out problems facing the project. So far only a detailed project report of the project has been prepared.

Organised by the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat of Nepal, a total of 15 representatives each from Nepal and India have participated in the meeting.

The Nepali delegation is led by Devendra Karki and the Indian delegation by chief of expert group, Mahasus Hussein.

“The meeting will focus on remaining tasks of the project’s DPR. Issues on how to move forward the project will be discussed,” said a meeting attendant.

The DPR was made in 2016 and sent to governments of both the countries for a study.

Nepal has voiced its discontent with some points of the report, which resulted in failure of two rounds of meetings in this regard earlier.

The dam site of the Pancheshwor Multipurpose Project was identified in 1956 by the Indian side. According to the 1971 report, it has the capacity of generating 1,000 megawatt electricity. The 1991 study showed that its total production would be 6,480 megawatts provided that a 315-metre high dam is constructed.

Nepal, in 1995, developed its detailed project report. India too conducted a study about the project on its own at the same time.

A bilateral agreement is required to implement the project in a border river. Despite several rounds of talks towards that end, no substantive progress has been achieved.

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Published on February 27th, Wednesday, 2019 5:31 PM


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