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India, Nepal to hold talks on water issues

Top officials of the two neighbours will meet this month in Kathmandu to discuss various issues, including project reports on two upcoming dams in Nepal and means to control floods.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2008 15:04 IST

With India and Nepal agreeing to check recurrence of floods in Kosi river and putting on fast track projects to utilise water for irrigation and power generation, top officials of the two neighbours will meet this month in Kathmandu to streamline the process.

The Joint Committee on Water Resources, which last met in 2004, will meet again in the Nepalese capital on September 29 and 30 to discuss various issues, including project reports on two upcoming dams in Nepal and means to control floods.

Secretary, Water Resources U N Panjiar, will lead the Indian side.

Before his visit, Commissioner, Ganga II Wing, S P Kakran will be in Nepal to prepare background papers and decide on the agenda of the joint committee.

As part of the three-level system established between the two countries, a minister-level committee has been set up to keep both the governments updated on issues of water resources at the highest level.

The secretary-level committee is also part of the three-level system. At least eight technical committees would also meet regularly to review various projects.

The decision to reactivate the joint committee was taken at a meeting between Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz and his Nepalese counterpart Bishnu Paudel here a couple of days ago.