Study Material | Test Series
Drishti IAS
call1800-121-6260 / 011-47532596
Drishti The Vision Foundation
(A unit of VDK Eduventures Pvt. Ltd.)
India-Nepal Ink 9 Key Agreements
Feb 23, 2016

After the bilateral talks between Narendra Modi and K.P. Sharma Oli, India and Nepal signed nine agreements including one on utilisation of Indian grant of 250 million dollar to Nepal for post-earthquake reconstruction and another on improving of roads in Terai region.

1. Utilization of US$ 250 million Grant component of GOI’s Assistance package for Post-earthquake reconstruction assistance: Four sectors, i.e., housing, health, education and cultural heritage have been identified. In housing, 100 million dollar would be utilised for construction of 50,000 houses in 14 severely earthquake affected districts. US$ 50 million each would be utilised in health, education and cultural heritage sectors in 31 earthquake affected districts of Nepal.

2. Strengthening of road infrastructure in the Terai area of Nepal: This will enable speedy implementation of remaining work on 17 Roads in Package 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Terai Road Phase-I project, totalling 518 kms. Two roads in Package 1 totalling 87 kms have already been completed.

3. Agreement between Nepal Academy of Music and Drama and Sangeet Natak Academy: This aims to enhance relations between India and Nepal in the field of performing arts through exchanges of experts, exponents, dancers, scholars and intellectuals.

4. Transit between Nepal and Bangladesh through Kakarbitta-Banglabandh corridor: This Exchange of Letters between India and Nepal would result in simplification of modalities for traffic of goods between Nepal and Bangladesh while transiting through India, through the Kakarbhitta (Nepal) and Banglabandha (Bangladesh) corridor.

5. Operationalization of Vishakhapatnam Port: This would provide for transit facilities for Nepal through the Vishakhapatnam port.

6. Rail transport to/from Vishakhapatnam: This would allow for rail transport to and from Vishakhapatnam to Nepal. 

7. Rail transit facility through Singhabad for Nepal’s Trade with and through Bangladesh: This would help operationalise rail transit facility through Singabad in India for Nepal’s trade with and through Bangladesh.

8. Inauguration of Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar transmission line (Initial supply of 80 MW, to be augmented to 200 MW by October 2016 and 600 MW by December 2017):  The Nepal portion of the 400 KV Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar transmission line is being implemented at the cost of 13.5 million dollar. 80 MW power would flow immediately through this line, with an initial charge of 132 KV. Thereafter, it will be augmented to 200 MW in October 2016 at 220 KV, and then to 600 MW by December 2017 at 400 KV.

9. Establishment of Eminent Persons Group: At the third meeting of the India–Nepal Joint Commission held at Kathmandu in July 2014, it was decided to establish an Eminent Persons Group (EPG). The EPG comprises eight members with each country nominating four members, preferably a parliamentarian, a lawyer, an economist and a civil society activist. The EPG has now been constituted. Its mandate would be to comprehensively review bilateral relations and recommend measures including institutional frameworks to further enhance bilateral ties.

Helpline Number : 87501 87501
To Subscribe Newsletter and Get Updates.