HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Indian envoy Jayant Prasad today handed over a cheque of Rs 97.71 million to Minister of Irrigation Mahendra Prasad Yadav as India’s contribution towards construction of embankments along Lalbakeya, Bagmati and Kamla rivers in Nepal.
The embankments project is being undertaken in accordance with the decisions made by the Sixth Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Committee on Inundation and Flood Management.
India has been providing assistance for strengthening and extension of embankments along Lalbakeya, Bagmati and Kamla rivers. With the present assistance, the total grant assistance already disbursed for embankment construction along these rivers, stands at Rs 2.466 billion, of which Rs 165.5 million was released in 2008, Rs 531.5 million in 2009, and Rs 599.78 million in 2010 and Rs 545.35 million in March 2011 and Rs 345.73 million in October 2011, Indian Embassy said in a statement.
Separately, India has committed grant assistance of Rs 181.37 million for flood protection works along the Trijuga, Lakhandei, Sunsari, Kankai and Kaligandaki rivers and 95.2 million along Gagan River in Nepal. The works along Trijuga, Kankai and Lakhandei rivers have been already been completed.