LATEST UPDATE (27 Dec 2012): India preparing to supply additional electricity to Nepal
India is preparing to supply additional electricity to Nepal in order to help the Himalayan nation deal with the acute shortage of power during the winter season.
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid informed about efforts towards this end during his call on President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Wednesday, according to reports.
Khurshid told Nepal’s President that short term measures to augment grid connectivity of 40- 55 MW were completed and that India is working on plans to further increase this is in the medium term, PTI reported.
With the advent of winter season, Nepal is currently facing an acute power shortage with consumers in the country facing up to 12 hours of power outage on a daily basis.
During the meeting, the Indian External Affairs Minister also conveyed India’s wish to see “a stable, secular and democratic Nepal”.
President Yadav and Khurshid also discussed the latest political situation of Nepal. On the occasion, Khurshid said that India would welcome whatever consensus emerges among Nepal’s political parties while President Yadav thanked him for India's development assistance provided to his country, according to reports.
President Ram Baran Yadav started hectic political meetings in New Delhi on the third day of his India visit on Wednesday. President Yadav met his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee at the latter's office in Raisina Hill in the morning. He also held separate meetings at his hotel suite with ruling Congress party chairman Sonia Gandhi, general secretary of Indian Nationalist Congress D.P Tripathi, CPI (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yachuri and Congress (I) general secretary Janardan Dwibedi.