Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday made it emphatically clear that his country will never allow terrorists to use its soil for any activities against India and hoped that his visit will further strengthen ties with the neighbouring country .
“Nepal government will not allow any type of terrorist activities from country’s soil. Both India and Nepal share many commonalities and were historically friendly nations,” he said, while replying to reporters at Nathpa-Jhakri Hydel Project, which is around 145 kms from Shimla.
Earlier in the day, the Nepal Prime Minister flew to Himachal Pradesh from Chandigarh and spent nearly two hours at Nathpa – where Asia’s biggest (1500 MW) underground power project is located.
When asked about his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, Dahal said, “We spoke with open hearts. PM Modi was very hospitable and he discussed several vital issues of mutual interest. My talks with Modi ji will deeply strengthen the ties between the two countries and will mark the beginning of a new era of friendship.”
Asked how he felt being in Himachal Pradesh, Dahal said, “It looks like as if I am in my own country. Such a beautiful state, its mountains and climate was no different than Nepal’s countryside. People are extremely warm here. I got so impressed with the work of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL), which mans 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydel project. The NJVNL is also setting-up 900 MW Arun-III hydel project in Nepal, I was very keen to come here and see the things myself with my delegation from the country. This will be a memorable trip”.
As the state government rolled a red carpet welcome for the Nepal Prime Minister, Himachal Minister for Power Sujan Singh Pathania and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Nand Lal,who is also local MLA, received Dahal .
He took a tour around the underground power plant, which is the biggest hydro-power project in the country. Chairman-Cum- MD ,SJVNL R N Mishra briefed Dahal and his team on the highlights of the project, which was set up in 2004 as a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Himachal Pradesh.
“Prime Minister Dahal expressed satisfaction over Nathpa-Jhakri project and added that the experience and expertise of SJVNL in hydroelectric projects will help Nepal in commissioning few more projects successfully,”said a SJVNL spokesman.
Minister of State for Power, Piyush Goyal said the Arun-III hydro-electric project was the beginning of a new chapter in India and Nepal relationship and that the work on this project would be expedited.
He said that India and Nepal were working together on few more projects and it was a matter of great satisfaction that the neighbouring nation had expressed faith in India to go ahead with these projects.
Others in the delegation included Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nepal Dr. Prakash Sharah Mahat, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Nepal Ramesh Lekhak, Members of Parliament from Nepal Padma Narayan Chaudhary, Lalbabu Raut, Yogendra Chaudhary, Tek Bahadur Basnet, Jungilal Raya, former MP Pratibha Rana, Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of External Affairs Sudhakar Dalela, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Power Rachna Agarwal .
Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma also accompanied the Prime Minister to the project as being local MP.