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Indian in dialogue with Nepal for flood control measures

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 9, 2009

New Delhi, July 8:India is in constant dialogue with the government of Nepal to build up reservoir schemes to find a long-term solution to the recurrent floods from rivers flowing from the neigbouring country, Lok Sabha was informed today.
“In order to find a long-term solution to the recurrent floods from rivers coming from Nepal, the government of India is in constant dialogue with the government of Nepal to build reservoir schemes on Mahakali (Sarada), Karnali (Ghagra), Kamal, Bagmati and Kosi rivers,” Union Minister of State for water Resources Vincent H Pala stated in a written reply to a question in Lower House.
He was asked about the steps taken by the government to tackle flood related problems in the country arising every year from the rivers originating from the Himalayan nation.
Pala said that since water is a state subject, flood management schemes are planned, funded and executed by the state governments as per their own priority.
The role of the Cental government is technical, catalytic and promotional in nature, he added.
“However, to provide Central assistance to the flood prone states, a state sector scheme, namely, Flood Management Programme (FMP), an amount of Rs 8,000 crore was approved in principal by the Cabinet in its meeting held in November 2, 2007 for Eleventh Plan,” he stated in his written reply.
“A number of schemes from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have been included under the aforesaid Plan scheme,” he added.

Source: Central Chronicle

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