River projects set up response team

KATHMANDU: The fourth technical meeting between Nepal and India regarding Koshi and Gandak Projects held in Patna on May 2 and 3 decided to form a joint mechanism to monitor emergencies on the two rivers.

The mechanism comprises Chief District Officer, District Police Chief and technicians of Nepal and the District Magistrate of India.

Madhav Belbase, Senior Divisional Engineer (SDE), Department of Irrigation, on Wednesday told The Himalayan Times that the mechanism would provide technical support and take decisions on security issues in the Koshi and Gandak regions.

“The infrastructure of the Gandak project is forty years old and in a dilapidated condition. There is a need to inspect the area and take emergency decisions on security matters while executing construction works,” the SDE said.

He said the Indian team had presented a benefit scheme to Nepal to solve the problems facing the project.

The scheme is said to benefit Nepal by improving the roads, averting inundation and supplying more water for irrigation.

The meeting also discussed annual programmes of the Koshi and Gandak Projects besides water supply in the canals.