Water for ‘greater good’ of nation
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Oct. 4
Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Pun emphasised on the need for recognising, harnessing and operationalising the water resources for the greater good.
He further said that development of inland waterways would have a positive impact on Nepal’s trade and commerce.
The bilateral mechanism for the development of technical, institutional and legal framework for inland waterways connectivity between Nepal and India should be expedited, Minister Pun said at a seminar on Nepal Inland Water Ways.
Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA) and Embassy of India had jointly organised seminar with the theme of ‘Cross-Border Inland Waterways: Exploring New Avenues of Connectivity’.
Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Nepal, underlined that materialisation of cross-border Inland waterways would be a win-win situation for both the countries.
Madhav Belbase , Joint Secretary, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, suggested amending the trade and transit treaty with India to accommodate the Inland waterway transportation, conduct techno-economical feasibility of inland waterway in Nepal and to establish organisation to look after inland navigation, infrastructures development, develop legal framework, train the people, work together with industries.
Diksha Singh, Research Officer, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) said that practically there was no any institution for inland water transportation in Nepal and stressed on the need for research upon hydro morphology.
Saurya SJB Rana, President of Nepal India Chamber of Commerce and Industries (NICCI), said, “It is not the travel time that delays the transshipment but the transit related customs delays the transshipment time and increases the cost.”
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