GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

India and Nepal agreed to form a joint task force on a proposal to construct a hydropower project from investments of the two neighbouring countries. The task force will have a maximum of three members from both the countries.

What is in agreement?

  1. The agreement was reached at the 9th meeting of the Nepal-India Energy Secretary-Level Joint Steering Committee in Kathmandu, according to the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation.
  2. During the meeting, under-construction and proposed interstate transmission line, the Arun III hydropower and transmission line and interstate power trade were discussed.
  3. Both sides agreed to increase the capacity of energy being imported and exported through the interstate 400 KV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur transmission line.
  4. The 400 KV transmission line will span 140 kilometers (20 kilometers in Nepali territory and the remaining 120 in Indian Territory).
  5. The government of Nepal has to manage the budget to construct the project on its side, as per the agreement.
  6. India has taken a positive note of the proposal floated by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to export electricity to India.
  7. The NEA has requested India to approve the proposal to export 850 megawatts electricity to India prior to the coming monsoon.