Rs 51.9 million Indian assistance for flood control

Kathmandu, May 10:

The government of India has handed over Rs 51.9 million to the Department of Water-Induced Disaster Prevention for the construction of an embankment along the Kamala river.

Issuing a release, the Indian Embassy said the government of India handed over a cheque bearing Rs 51.9 million to the DWIDP during the 11th meeting of the Sub-Committee on Embankment Construction, held on May 7-8 in Birgunj.

The sum will also balance payments for embankment construction work carried out by the DWIDP along the Bagmati river. The SCEC meeting was led by MU Ghani, a member of Ganga Flood Control Commission (India), and Khom Raj Dahal, deputy director-general at the DWIDP, Nepal.

The meeting reached several decisions, including the approval of 11 packages of works to check the avulsion of the Kamala river at four locations. India will contribute Rs 191.4 million for the Rs 213.8 million project.

A meeting of Indo-Nepal Joint Committee for Comprehensive Strategy for Flood Management and Control was held earlier. The committee visited flood-prone Koshi and Mahananda basins and suggested remedial measures of immediate nature to be undertaken in India and Nepal, the release added.