India still reluctant to hold Pancheshwar experts’ group meeting

Kathmandu, February 3

Nepal has proposed India to hold a meeting of the experts’ group on Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project in the last week of February.

The two countries have decided to run the project with Indian investment in farwestern Nepal, but its detailed plan is yet to be formulated.

The group has been unable to hold a single meeting in past 16 months, apparently due to ignorance of India. Nepal has been repeatedly requesting India to hold the meeting, but in vain.

Because India is yet to make any official response, the meeting is not certain yet, according to an official of the Pancheshwar Development Authority under the Nepal government.

The experts’ group has held its meeting only two times since its inception. It was given a deadline of November 2017.

It has been learned that the meeting has been uncertain as the two countries have differences over the detailed project report for the project, and distribution of water between them.

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