Concerned over the havoc caused by the Kosi river floods, Nepal and India have agreed to take effective measures to minimise damage on both sides of the border.
Indian Union Minister for Water Resources Pawan Kumar Banshal yesterday called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to discuss the issues relating to Kosi barrage, PM's Foreign Affairs Advisor Rajan Bhattarai said on Sunday.
During the meeting, they discussed the effectiveness of the recently constructed Kosi barrage which was breached by the floods last year resulting in displacement of tens of thousand of people on both sides of the border.
The two leaders also discussed ways to ensure safety of the Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve situated in Nepal, which is at a distance of 12 km from the Kosi barrage, and to minimise effects to the endangered species sheltered there, he said.
They also agreed for a 24-hour monitoring of the Kosi barrage in order to check inundation during the rainy season.
As reconstruction of the breached barrage has been completed with the Indian assistance, New Delhi has agreed to initiate repair works of one of the sluiced gates of the barrage damaged by recent floods at the cost of Rs 90 crore.