KATHMANDU, NOV 10 – Nepal and India are all set to hold meetings of different bilateral instruments to hammer out differences on various issues.
Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Indian Embassy told the Post that a meeting of the Power Exchange Committee (PEC) is scheduled to be held through November 14-15 in Kathmandu. The last meeting of the PEC was held in New Delhi two years ago. The managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority and his Indian counterpart from the Power Trading Corporation will lead the respective countries.
The PEC meeting is expected to discuss Nepal’s demand to import 150-200 MW of electricity from India and upgradtion of the cross border transmission lines to import power to Nepal.
In the meeting, both the sides will focus on early execution of the Mujjafarpur-Dhalkewar (440 KV) transmission line, an official said.
The PEC meeting will also look into the proposed draft of the Power Trading Agreement.
A meeting of the Joint Committee on Water Resources (JCWR) at the Water and Energy Secretary level is also proposed for November 24-25 in New Delhi.
“The proposed meeting of the sixth JCWR will take up the entire gamut of issues related to water resources, energy, construction of embankments, establishing a Pancheswor Development Authority envisoned by the Mahakali Treaty, issue of the Tanakpur and Sarada barrage, construction of the Tanakpur-Mahendranagar link road, release of irrigation water for the Chandani Dodhara area and others,” an official said.
Another in the series of meetings, upon Indian proposal, is a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) that will be held in the first week of December in New Delhi.
“The meeting will be a continuation of the last meeting held in Kathmandu,” another official said. “Issues of trade facilitations, Nepal’s request to use the Vishakhapatnam port, early execution of using the Kakarvitta-Fulbari-Banglabanda route, waiving the four percent additional duty on 162 Nepali goods exported to India and removing the double lock system of Nepal-bound imports will feture in the meeting.”
The Nepali side is yet to finalise dates for the Home Secretary-level talks to be hled in Delhi, most probably at the end of December.Anil Giri from Ekantipur