Nitish seeks Pranab’s help for resuming Kosi work

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday made an urgent appeal to the Centre seeking help to resume work on the Kosi breach site.....

Written by Express News Service | Patna | Published:March 3, 2009 11:54 pm

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday made an urgent appeal to the Centre seeking help to resume work on the Kosi breach site,which has come to a standstill since February 20 due to the continued agitation and blockade in Nepal.

In a letter to Union Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee,the CM has said: “The agitation has cut off supply lines to the breach site,resulting in acute shortage of essentials. The movement of men and materials has completely stopped.” He said the Union Ministry of Water Resources and the Indian Embassy in Nepal has already been informed about the disruption.

Expressing serious concern,the CM’s letter says: “Bihar Government accords highest priority to these works and considers adherence to time schedule very important as every single day lost is fraught with serious consequences”.

He has requested the MEA to take up the matter with the “Government of Nepal to secure immediate commencement of work at the breach closure site by ending the agitation in Nepal”. The deadline for plugging the breach is March 31.

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