Indo-Nepal meet on Gandak and Kosi projects to begin on November 27
By Abhay Singh, PATNA: Officials of India and Nepal would hold a two-day conclave in Katmandu beginning November 27 to have a detailed discussions on matters related to the Gandak and Kosi irrigation projects with eye on amicable resolution of all their standing problems related to the two projects.
Officials of India and Nepal would hold a two-day conclave in Katmandu beginning November 27 to have a detailed discussions on matters related to the Gandak and Kosi irrigation projects with eye on amicable resolution of all their standing problems related to the two projects.
Their concerns would chiefly be about the irrigation projects related to the two rivers that originate in Nepal and end in the river Ganga after meandering through the flood-prone north Bihar plains. However, the matters related to other such rivers could also crop up during the two-day discussion veering around the mutual advantage of India and Nepal, depending on the mutual agreement of the participants, said sources in Bihar water resources department (WRD).
While participants at the conclave would be from Nepal’s water resources ministry, besides Central Water Commission (CWC) and Ganga Flood Control Commission (GFCC) from the Indian side, as well as senior officials and engineers of the Bihar WRD.
Senior officials and engineers of state WRD, who would leave for Katmandu on November 26, include department’s principal secretary S K Negi, engineer-in-chief (north) Debi Rajak, superintending engineer (planning and monitoring, circle-IV) and executive engineer of the department’s flood control cell, among others. Notable among other participants from the Bihar side would be DMs of West Champaran and Supaul districts, as well as chief engineers Valmikinagar and Darbhanga.
“The participants would mainly discuss international matters related to the Gandak and Kosi projects. Obviously, they would assess the progress of the on-going modernization, extension and renovation (MER) work with regard to the two projects, apart from taking a synoptic view of the works which have to follow soon after the completion of the phase-I of MER work,” said a Bihar WRD official.
While the government of India meets the major cost of MER work with clearance from the CWC and the Planning Commission, the executing agency for the mega projects such as those related to the civil works, renovation of canal and distribution network and modernization of equipment at the Kosi and Gandak barrage, is WRD of Bihar.
Under the MER work related to Eastern Kosi Canal System, not only the East Kosi Canal Network has to be renovated, but also an airport has to be constructed at Birpur in Supaul district, over and above the civil works related to departmental buildings and modernization of the Birpur barrage itself. Similarly, MER of the Eastern Gandak Canal Network, including implementation of the Nepal Benefit Scheme, is also been going on. As per the directive of the Planning Commission, the phase-I work of both the Gandak and Kosi projects have to be completed by March 31 next year.