GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Water Resources
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 460
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21.10.2008
Assistance of Nepalese Government for Taming of Rivers .
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES be pleased to state:-
(a) whether any proposal is under Government`s consideration to approach Government of Nepal to find out ways and means for taming the rivers originating from that country and flowing to the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar which cause floods year after year; and
(b) if so, the details thereof, and by when a final decision is likely to be taken thereon?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES
(SHRI JAI PRAKASH NARAYAN YADAV)
(a) & (b) Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project on river Sharda (Mahakali in Nepal), Saptakosi High Dam Project on river Kosi and Naumure Multipurpose Project on river West Rapti, are under discussion in India-Nepal Joint Committee on Water Resources (JCWR) headed by Secretaries (Water Resources) of both the countries. The 3rd meeting of JCWR has been held recently from 29.9.08 to 1.10.08 at Kathmandu. During the meeting, JCWR decided to set up a Pancheswar Development Authority (PDA) at the earliest in accordance with the Mahakali Treaty for the development, execution and operation of the Pancheswar Multipurpose Project. Further, the JCWR decided to extend the tenure of Joint Project Office (JPO) established for the preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPRP of Sapta Kosi High Dam Multipurpose Project including Sun Kosi Storage-cum-Diversion Scheme up to December, 2009 for expeditious completion of DPR. India side also agreed to undertake pre-feasibility study of Naumure Multipurpose Project. A three tier mechanism consisting of Joint Ministerial Commission on Water Resources (JMCWR) to be co-chaired by Ministers of Water Resources of India and Nepal, the existing Joint Committee on Water Resources (JCWR) at the level of Secretaries of Water Resources of India and Nepal and Joint Standing Technical Committee (JSTC) to coordinate all existing Committees and Sub-committees, has been agreed in the 3rd meeting of JCWR to expedite the implementation of the above said projects in Nepal. These high dam projects, on implementation, would provide benefits to people of India and Nepal, both, in the form of hydro-power, irrigation and flood moderation.