Nepal-India meet explores waterways in Nepal
Kathmandu, July 16: The possibilities of operating waterways in the Koshi River and the Narayani River were sought at a discussion held between authorities of Nepal and India.
The two-day discussion has started in the capital on Sunday with an objective to implement the agreement on inland waterways struck between Nepal and India during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s State visit to India on April 6-8.
“The discussion has pointed out possibilities of operating waterways in Nepal,” said Madhav Belbase, Chief of the Nepali delegation participating in the discussion and Joint Secretary at the Water and Energy Commission. The Indian side has accorded top priority to the waterway in Nepal, he added.
The conversation also focused on various issues, including problems with cargo management in Haldiya Port in India, he said. India has pledged to resolve these problems, he said.
The discussion agreed for Nepali authorities to carry out an on-site inspection of Kalughat in Patna, India, for operating waterways.
The meeting also focussed on promoting cooperation in the field of trade and transit between Nepal and India in coordination with various business associations like the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said. RSS