Nepal is back with its provocative move and it has obstructed Bihar government from flood prevention-related work by putting barriers and not allowing movement of people from across the Indian border.
The state government has expressed concerns that Nepal’s decision to stop repair work at Gandak Dam can lead to massive destruction in Bihar.
The Bihar’s Minister for Water Resources, Sanjay Jha said, “Gandak Barrage has 36 gates, out of which 18 are in Nepal and the area where the flood-fighting material is present, they (Nepal) have put barriers in that area. This has never happened in the past.”
“They (Nepal) are not allowing repair work for Gandak dam that takes place in Lal Bakeya river in no man’s land. Also, they’ve stopped repair work at several other locations. For the first time, we’re facing such a problem in movement of people and raw material for repair work,” added the Bihar Minister.
They (Nepal) are not allowing repair work for Gandak dam that takes place in Lal Bakeya river in no man's land. Also, they've stopped repair work at several other locations. For 1st time, we're facing such a problem in movt of people& raw material for repair work: Bihar Minister pic.twitter.com/8cT8IrRJcZ
— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2020
Jha added that Bihar’s local engineers and District Magistrates are in talks with concerned authorities and that he will write a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs over the current situation with Nepal.
“If this issue isn’t addressed timely, then a major part of Bihar will be flooded during the rainy season,” he stressed.