NEW DELHI — Nepali and Indian officials will jointly conduct an on-site inspection in Nepal’s Tarai region to assess the problem of flooding that occurs every year and find sustainable solutions to combat the crisis.
The joint team will inspect the flood-prone area in three phases—before monsoon, during monsoon and post-monsoon, according to an official at Foreign Ministry.
“It has been decided to deploy teams to study the situation of flooding to identify the real cause of inundation,” Kathmandu Post quoted an official of Foreign Ministry as saying
During the 12th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Committee on Inundation and Flood Management (JCIFM) in Kathmandu, senior officials from both the countries had agreed to work on overcoming the problem caused by rivers.
It was decided that four members each from both the sides will be appointed for inspection.
Both the teams are scheduled to visit Nepal’s Tarai region on June 27.
Director of Ganga Flood Control Commission will head the Indian side, while Deputy Director General at Department of Water Induced Disaster Management (DWIDM) was chosen to lead Nepali team.
Huge swaths of land in Nepal’s Tarai region are inundated due to the structures built by India at the bordering rivers, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and damaging property worth billions of rupees every year.
Nepal and India, in a joint statement during the state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, had reiterated the importance of advancing cooperation in water resources for mutual benefit in areas such as river training works, inundation and flood management, irrigation, and to enhance pace of implementation of ongoing bilateral projects.