Govt urges India to open sluices of Saptakoshi and Laxmanpur barrages

Published On: August 12, 2017 07:11 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, August 12: The Nepal government has urged Indian government to open the sluices of Sapktakoshi and Laxmanpur barrages as water flow in the rivers has reached dangerously high due to heavy rainfall since Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara called Indian ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri on Saturday,  urging him to take diplomatic initiation to open the channels of the barrages, according to chief personal secretary of the Foreign Minister, Yubaraj Chaulagain.

Ambassador Puri, in response, said that India is ready to open the sluices of the dams and he will take necessary measures regarding the issue, Chaulagain told Republica Online, adding that the Ambassador assured that India will not block the river flow.

Earlier, Home Minister Janardan Sharma had urged Foreign Ministry to take diplomatic initiatives with India regarding alarming situation in the areas.

A meeting of Home Ministry on Saturday decided to ask Foreign Ministry to open sluices of the barrage to avoid further havoc in the areas.

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