Monday, 2nd March 2015

Power cooperation deal before Modi’s visit: Energy Minister

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Minister for Energy, Radha Gyawali has said that the government will sign a power cooperation deal with India, based on equal footing, before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Nepal.

“In the cooperation draft sent by India, there are some provisions that need discussion. We will discuss them in detail before signing an agreement. But overall, the draft proposal is positive,” Minister Gyawali said speaking at a program in Kathmandu, Monday.

“Once our PM Sushil Koirala returns from the US, we will take ahead the process.”

Former energy minister, Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat said there is nothing in the draft as publicized outside. “If we indulge in politics in the name of energy, we can never develop our county.”

Former state minister for energy, Thakur Sharma said the draft is not an agreement and just a proposal. “We should not worry, as this issue will move ahead only after consultation with the political parties.”

Water resources expert, Gyanendra Lal Pradhan said there should be no negativity about the development of power sector.