As per reports, aspects of Nepal-India relations have been recently reviewed under five broad clusters - politics, security and boundary, economic cooperation and infrastructure, trade and transit, power and water resources, and culture and education. Both nations have agreed to set up a mechanism to clear the bottleneck in projects in Nepal. The foreign secretary of Nepal and Indian ambassador to Nepal will lead the respective sides who will ensure there are no glitches.
Both sides have agreed to clear DPRs of roads, Mahakali Bridge and irrigation projects to be implemented through the concessional loan provided by the government of India in 2014. It is known that during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2014, India had announced US$ 1 billion to execute various projects in Nepal upon the priorities of Nepal.
Also both sides have agreed to expedite the completion of the first phase of Terai roads in the southern plain. Reports indicate that Nepal has requested for additional air entry routes, and that the joint commission directed the concerned civil aviation authorities’ to deal with the matter in a meeting scheduled by end of 2016.
Regarding the construction of the remaining irrigation facility on Nepal side as per the Gandak Agreement, it has been agreed upon to take the required action after the government of Nepal provides the DPR. As per reports, a joint team of experts will inspect and submit a report to address the problems of siltation, design and operation of Gandak irrigation facility.