Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Saturday visited the 1,500 MW Nathpa-Jhakri hydro power project of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) in Shimla district with the Indian and Nepalese delegation.Prachanda inspected the hard coating plant and underground power house of the project, which is the biggest power house of the country. The authorities of the SJVN briefed the Nepalese Prime Minister about the technical specifications and functioning of the project which is the joint venture of the Government of India and Himachal Pradesh Government.
The Nepal Prime Minister said it was encouraging as SJVN is working on the mega hydro-electric project, 900 MW Arun-III in Nepal. He said that a memorandum of understanding had already been signed with India in May, 2014 for commissioning of Arun-III hydro power project. He expressed satisfaction over Nathpa-Jhakri project and added that the experience and expertise of SJVN in hydroelectric projects would help Nepal in commissioning few more projects successfully.
Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal said Arun-III hydro-electric project was a beginning of new chapter between the relations of India and Nepal and the work on this project would be expedited.He said that India and Nepal were working together on few more projects and it was a matter of great satisfaction that the neighbouring nation had expressed faith in India to go ahead with these projects.
Goel also appreciated the efforts of the Himachal government for waiving off 12 per cent duty in hydropower projects over Chenab basin which would ensure restart of these projects.Agriculture and Power Minister Sujan Singh Pathania thanked the Nepalese Prime Minister for visiting Nathpa-Jhakri project.
He said that the state government was making all-out efforts to harness the hydropower potential available in the state and the state government had also taken a historic decision to spend one per cent amount of the total sale of power on welfare of the project affected areas.
Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the SJVN, R N Mishra gave a detailed presentation on the Nathpa-Jhakri and Rampur hydro power projects.Earlier, Sujan Singh Pathania welcomed the Nepalese delegation on behalf of the state government. Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Nand Lal and Member of Parliament, Ramswaroop Sharma accompanied the Minister. Pathania also hosted lunch in honour of the Nepalese Prime Minister on behalf of the state government.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nepal Dr Prakash Sharah Mahat, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Nepal, Ramesh Lekhak, Members of Parliament from Nepal, Padma Narayan Chaudhary, Lalbabu Raut, Yogendra Chaudhary, Tek Bahadur Basnet, Jungilal Raya, former MP Pratibha Rana, Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae.The Nepal Prime Minister flew back to Delhi after a stay of two hours and twenty five minutes in Jhakri.
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