Nepal-India joint commission for expeditious completion of Terari road


Prakash Sharan Mahat shakes hands with MJ Akbar after Nepal-India Joint Commission

Kathmandu : The fourth meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission held in New Delhi has agreed on various activities including the expeditious completion of the phase I of Terai roads.
The meeting that concluded on Thursday agreed on clearance of DPRs of the roads, Mahakali bridge and irrigation projects to be implemented through the concessional loan provided by the Government of India in 2014, availing of new concessional loan for the development of Terai roads phase II and some other projects, early completion of the two ongoing cross border railway link projects namely Biratnagar-Jogbani and Bardibas-Bijalpura-Jaynagar and initiation of works for the three other agreed cross border rail link projects namely Nepalgunj-Nepalgunj Road, Kakarbhitta-New Jalpaiguri, and Bhairahawa-Nautanawa.
Similarly, Nepal and India were univocal on early completion of works of integrated check post at Birgunj and commencement of construction of integrated check post at Biratnagar, early start of the implementation of Hetauda Polytechnic, and the finalization of projects to utilize grant and loan components offered by the Government of India for reconstruction.
The meeting was co-chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat from Nepali side, and Minister of State for External Affairs of India M. J. Akbar from Indian side, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The meeting made a comprehensive review on all aspects of Nepal-India relations under five broad clusters namely political, security and boundary; economic cooperation and infrastructure; trade and transit; power and water resources; culture and education.
Moreover, the Joint Commission decided to convene within a month the first meeting of the joint oversight mechanism of the officials of both governments in order to ensure the expeditious implementation of all ongoing bilateral cooperation projects.