The restore work of embankments alongside the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar has been adversely affected as barricades put up by the neighbouring nation is hindering personnel from crossing over to finish work, Water Sources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha mentioned on Monday.
Barricades had been put up alongside the border by either side in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown interval, he mentioned.
“We now have learnt that many components of Nepal are nonetheless beneath lockdown. Nonetheless, we’re not certain why precisely they’ve out of the blue raised issues about our restore works which have been occurring for lengthy,” the minister mentioned.
Mr Jha, who’s an in depth aide of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, expressed bafflement over the “unprecedented” improvement.
“The Gandak Barrage has altogether 36 gates, half of which fall on our aspect. Restore of those has been accomplished by our engineers and their helpers. Nonetheless, after they tried to cross over to the opposite aspect for doing the needful for the remaining 18 gates, upkeep of which is carried out by us, they discovered the barricades,” the Bihar water assets minister informed PTI.
Mr Jha asserted that there’s “no rapid hazard” to the flood-prone districts of Bihar due to this improvement.
Nonetheless, it’s important that the work is accomplished for all 36 gates, because the state is located downstream and might be adversely affected if the embankments are breached due to heavy water-logging in catchment areas in Nepal, he mentioned.
“I’m going to jot down a letter to the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) in search of its intervention within the matter. Entry can be being denied to a 500-metre-long stretch on an embankment on the Lal Bakeya river. Nepalese authorities are contending that it falls in a no man’s land. However the mud construction has been round for 3 a long time,” Mr Jha mentioned.
The minister mentioned officers from Bihar are additionally being prevented from finishing restore work on an embankment on the Kamla river.
“All these hiccups might not trigger an issue instantly. However vulnerability to floods will stay in place for 4 months. If this case persists, the state might should endure,” Mr Jha mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that “our district magistrates involved are in talks with authorities in Nepal and try to cause out with them in order that the deadlock is resolved amicably”. “Nonetheless, updates in regards to the embankments on the border are being frequently shared with the MEA and the Jal Shakti ministry,” the minister mentioned.
The event comes at a time when relations seem to have been soured between India and Nepal within the wake of a dispute over areas alongside the border falling within the hill state of Uttarakhand.
Just lately, the Indian ambassador to Nepal was summoned and served with a observe in protest towards building of a highway that may join the Lipulekh cross with Dharchula city in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.
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