NARSAHI, Nawalparasi, Sept 27: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said the government was making maximum efforts to complete all repair works of the Gandak barrage damaged due to floods from the Narayani river, before the rainy season, next year.
Addressing the locals following the field inspection of the areas suffered erosion from the floods, the Prime Minister pledged to take elaborate measures to control the flood with cooperation of India as quickly as possible.
As per the Gandak treaty reached between Nepal and India in 1959, all tasks related to barrage construction, erosion control and repairing is the responsibility of the Indian side, said the Prime Minister, adding that the Central Government of India was already requested to this end through the diplomatic channel.
Supervision of all physical infrastructures constructed on Nepali territory to control the flow of river caused by the construction of the Gandak barrage, maintenance of the damaged structures and reconstruction falls upon the responsibility of the Uttar Pradesh State Government, India. The Nepal government is ready to make necessary security arrangement for the maintenance of the barrage, he said.
Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi who was accompanying the Prime Minister said the government was utmost serious towards controlling the possible damages caused by the Gandaki river. The Prime Minister was here to feel the pains of the local people given by the Gandak floods, he said.
Floods from the Narayani river recently caused rampant erosion on Spur 12 based in Narsahi VDC-6 posing a threat of inundation in many villages. Over 10,000 people could be displaced from different villages including Narsahi, Paklihawa, Guthi Parsauni and Rampurwa if the river gushed into the area.