India, Nepal agree to hurry up implementation of India-aided developmental initiatives

Kathmandu, August 17

Senior diplomats of India and Nepal on Monday held a digital assembly throughout which they comprehensively reviewed the progress made on numerous India-aided developmental initiatives within the Himalayan nation and determined to expedite their implementation.

The assembly got here days after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli telephoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to greet him on India’s 74th Independence Day, within the first high-level contact after bilateral ties got here underneath extreme pressure following issuance of a brand new political map by Nepal in May.

Nepalese Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra led the delegations representing their respective nations through the eighth assembly of Oversight Mechanism.

The assembly, held just about because of the coronavirus outbreak, carried out a complete assessment of bilateral financial and growth cooperation initiatives since its seventh assembly held on July 8, 2019.

During the assembly, each side deliberated on the problems and agreed to expedite their implementation, in response to a press launch issued by the Indian Embassy right here.

The two sides famous “the progress made in the development projects in the last one year, including reconstruction of 46,301 earthquake damaged houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts, the operationalisation of Motihari-Amlekhgunj, cross border petroleum products pipeline, the Integrated Check Post at Biratnagar and the High Impact Community Development Projects.”

Nepal additionally famous with appreciation COVID–19 associated help, together with the availability of medical gear by India, the discharge mentioned.

The assembly primarily mentioned the standing of implementation of the on-going initiatives underneath Nepal-India bilateral cooperation masking Terai roads, cross-border railways, Arun-III hydropower challenge and petroleum merchandise pipelines, in response to the Nepalese Foreign Ministry.

“The meeting also discussed issues related with Pancheshwar multipurpose project, post-earthquake reconstruction, irrigation, power and transmission lines, construction of Nepal Police Academy, integrated check posts, Ramayana circuit, HICDPs, motorable bridges over Mahakali River, agriculture and cultural heritage, among others,” it mentioned.

“Both sides underlined the need for expediting implementation of the bilateral projects. In that connection, they agreed to undertake necessary measures to timely address problems and obstacles in the course of implementation,” it mentioned.

The Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism was arrange after Prime Minister Modi’s go to to Nepal in September 2016 to supervise the implementation of bilateral initiatives and take essential steps for his or her completion in time.

“India and Nepal have agreed to hold the next meeting of the mechanism on a mutually convenient date to review the progress made in the implementation of the India assisted economic and development cooperation projects,” it added.

The ties between India and Nepal got here underneath pressure after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically essential street connecting the Lipulekh go with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.

Nepal protested the inauguration of the street claiming that it handed by means of its territory. Days later, Nepal got here out with the brand new map displaying Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura as its territories.

In June, Nepal’s Parliament accepted the brand new political map of the nation that includes areas which India maintains belong to it.

In its response, after Nepal’s decrease home of parliament accepted the Bill, India termed as untenable the “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims by the neighbouring nation.

India mentioned Nepal’s motion violates an understanding reached between the 2 nations to resolve the boundary points by means of talks.

Prime Minister Oli has been asserting that Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to “reclaim” them from India. PTI


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