The meeting of Joint Standing Technical Committee (JSTC) on Water Resources between Nepal and India that kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday concluded on Friday. The Joint secretary level meeting was led by Shishir Koirala, Joint Secretary Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation on Nepal side and M.K. Srinivas, Chairman of Ganga Flood Control Commission on India side. The two day meeting will review and discuss issues related with various agreements on water resources reached in the past such as Koshi, Gandak, Mahakali and Saptakoshi High Dam, according to spokesperson for Ministry of Energy and Water Resources Madhu Prasad Bhetuwal. The meeting will discuss the entire gamut of Nepal India cooperation on water resources and their utilization, according to Bhetuwal. The meeting will also dwelt problems related to implementation of Pancheshwor Multipurpose project, inundation of land in the border areas of both the countries, construction of embankment and river management among others. The first two days of the meeting of the Joint-secretary level Joint Steering Committee (JSC) will discuss the various aspects of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project and other agreements related to water resources.
The Secretary-level 9th meeting of the Joint Commission on Water Resources (JCWR) between Nepal and India will take place on the third day, Friday. The JCWR meeting will endorse the agendas approved by the JSTC meetings, according to the ministry official. The bilateral meeting sought for ways forward for the construction of the proposed project, high dam of Sapta Koshi and irrigation in Dodhara-Chandani, among others, according to Madhu Prasad Bhetuwal, Spokesperson at the ministry.