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Nepal expects smooth delivery of electricity to Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:41 pm February 17th, 2020
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The Nepalese foreign minister arrived on Monday on a three day official visit to Bangladesh

Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has expected that India will be positive as regards to Bangladesh's endeavor to bring electricity from Nepal to Bangladesh.

“We will pay necessary charges to Indian side and that should not be a problem,” he said while interacting with a select group of journalists at the Nepalese embassy in Dhaka.

The Nepalese foreign minister arrived on Monday on a three day official visit to Bangladesh.

It will take five to six years for Bangladesh to get 500mw of electricity from Nepal, said Pravin Raj Aryal, joint secretary at Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation of Nepal at the interaction.

“This electricity will come from the joint venture of Bangladesh and Nepal. Two bilateral instruments have already been signed in this regard and two technical teams- one for generation and one for transmission- have already been set up,” he said.

The Nepalese government official hopes it will be a win-win situation for both the countries.

 “There is also a proposition to construct a dedicated power line through chicken neck (Siliguri Corridor) of India to Bangladesh,” he added.

Nepalese Foreign Minister Gyawali is accompanied by the foreign secretary and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies and Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, said a press release from Nepalese foreign ministry on February 14.

The Nepalese foreign minister will hold delegation level talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart during the visit.

The two Foreign Ministers will review the overall aspects of the bilateral relations and exchange views on various matters of mutual interest, such as energy, trade, transit, connectivity, tourism, and cooperation on regional and multilateral issues, added the press release.

The Nepalese foreign minister is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Nepal-Bangladesh Relationship and South Asian Cooperation today.

The Nepalese delegation will return to Nepal on February 19.