Kathmandu, Sept 13:The matter relating to the implementation of Pancheshwor Multipurpose Development Project is likely to be one of the agenda of Prime Minister’s upcoming state visit to India.
With this, preparations have started for holding in-depth discussions on the issue during the PM’s visit to a southern neighbour beginning from September 15.
The project has remained halted for the past 23 years due to various reasons. The PM’s India visit is expected to go through bilateral discussions on accelerating the project and create a base for implementing it.
It may be noted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Nepal’s visit that taken place around one-and-half years ago pledged to give top priority to the implementation of the Pancheshwor Hydro Power Project.
Joint-Secretary at the Energy Ministry Dinesh Ghimire expressed his hope that there would be significant discussions about the implementation of the Pancheshwor Hydro Power Project during the PM’s upcoming India visit.
Likewise, another possible agenda of PM’s visit is to discuss the initiation of the new Butwal Gorakhpur project known as second inter-country transmission line, said Joint Secretary Ghimire. Other main programmes include the issues relating to an import of additional 250 megawatts electricity from the Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur transmission line.
The issue of power trade agreement between Nepal and India is also at the centre of the agenda, it is learnt.