The Ninth Meeting of Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism held in Kathmandu today reviewed the progress of projects being implemented under bilateral economic and development cooperation.

The meeting, which was held under the co-chairmanship of Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal and Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra, discussed the status of implementation of all ongoing projects. Projects being built under bilateral cooperation such as Tarai roads, cross-border railways, Arun-III hydropower project, petroleum products pipelines, 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, were discussed.

Both sides underlined the need to expedite implementation of bilateral projects. To this end, they agreed to take necessary measures to address problems and obstacles in the course of implementation.

The Nepali delegation included officials of the agencies responsible for implementation of the respective projects while the Indian delegation included officials of the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, and project implementing agencies. The mechanism was set up in September 2016 to oversee the implementation of bilateral projects and to take necessary steps for their timely completion.

The tenth meeting of the mechanism will take place on a mutually convenient date.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 17 2021, of The Himalayan Times.