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Nepal-India meet on Pancheshwor makes no headway

By Our Reporter

A two-day meeting of a high-level team of experts from Nepal and India on Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project (PMP) concluded here on Thursday by narrowing down some points of differences between the two countries regarding the project.
Though the meeting, which is third in the row, was organised to finalise the detailed project report (DPR) of the PMP, it concluded by just narrowing down some minor technical issues of differences as the differences on major issues between the countries remained unsolved., said Pravin Raj Aryal, spokesperson of Ministry of Energy and Water Resources.
The meeting cannot make any headway to the major issues of differences including project size, distribution of water and project financing. It was stated that 104 points of differences were still to be resolved in the DPR prepared in December 2016.
The DPR of the project was prepared by Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) Ltd, a state owned Indian consultants.
India has raised the issues of ensuring the use of water by the people in downstream for the existing uses while Nepal is rejecting the proposal saying that this provision was not as per the Mahakali Treaty.
The Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project was envisaged under the Mahakali Treaty between Nepal and India signed in 1996.
The Nepali team was headed by Devendra Karki, secretary at Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) and the Indian team by Masood Hussain, chairman of the Central Water Commission of India.

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