Joint task force on hydropower project
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?
- 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.
- During the meeting, under-construction and proposed interstate transmission line, the Arun III hydropower and transmission line and interstate power trade were discussed.
- Both sides agreed to increase the capacity of energy being imported and exported through the interstate 400 KV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur transmission line.
- The 400 KV transmission line will span 140 kilometers (20 kilometers in Nepali territory and the remaining 120 in Indian Territory).
- The government of Nepal has to manage the budget to construct the project on its side, as per the agreement.
- India has taken a positive note of the proposal floated by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to export electricity to India.
- The NEA has requested India to approve the proposal to export 850 megawatts electricity to India prior to the coming monsoon.