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9th India-Nepal LOC review meeting

Posted on: March 30, 2022 | Back | Print

1.       The 9th India-Nepal LOC Review meeting was held in Kathmandu on 29 March 2022. The meeting was aimed at reviewing the progress of projects being undertaken in Nepal under Government of India’s (GOI) Lines of Credit (LOCs), ensuring better project implementation and more effective utilization of the large amount remaining under the said LOCs.

2.       From the Indian side, meeting was led by Shri Sridharan Madhusudhanan, Joint Secretary, (Development Partnership Administration – I), Ministry of External Affairs, and comprised of officials from Embassy and the EXIM Bank. From Nepal side, the meeting was led by Shri Ishwori Prasad Aryal, Joint Secretary (International Economic Cooperation Coordination Division), Ministry of Finance, Government of Nepal (GON) and included officials from several departments involved in the execution of projects under Government of India’s Lines of Credit.

3.       The LOC review meeting was preceded by inauguration of substations under the Modi-Lekhnath Transmission Line and Substations Project in Laha Chowk, Kaski district, Nepal on 28 March 2022. The project, being financed under the LOC of USD 250 million (LOC II), involves construction of a 42 km long power transmission line and its associated substations at New Modi, LahaChowk and Lekhnath in central part of Nepal. The USD 20 million project is executed by KPTL Ltd. and ABB India. The substations package is completed while the transmission line package is likely to be completed soon. The inauguration was done by Hon’ble Ms Pampha Bhusal, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Government of Nepal in presence of senior GON officials, Indian delegation and local representatives.

4.       The LOC review meeting was followed by a Workshop conducted by EXIM Bank of India in Kathmandu on 30 March 2022. Joint Secretary Mr. Sridharan Madhusudhanan gave the opening remarks, which were followed by detailed discussions between LOC project contractors and representatives from GON departments implementing the LOC projects. The workshop was aimed at familiarizing stakeholders in Nepal with India’s LOC policy framework and guidelines and under Indian Development and Economic Assistance Scheme (IDEAS). The Workshop also discussed specific issues facing the GOI LOC projects in Nepal. During the Workshop, EXIM Bank of India also shared its experience of implementing projects in other countries and suggested ways towards better utilization of GoI LOCs in Nepal.

5.       Government of India’s Lines of Credit portfolio is more than USD 30 billion, spread across more than 60 partner countries. In Nepal, it includes four LOCs: US$ 250 mn, US$ 550 mn and US$ 750 mn, totaling USD 1.65 billion. These LOCs are dedicated towards execution of infrastructure development projects and post-earthquake re-construction projects as prioritized by GON. So far, these LOCs have financed 40+ road projects, another 9 projects in hydropower, transmission lines and irrigation, and several others in housing and reconstruction. Many of these projects are already completed, including some iconic and major projects. Development of Power Transmission infrastructure has acquired particular salience in GOI LOCs in Nepal, with major projects such as Koshi Corridor (220 kV), Modi Lekhnath (132 kV), Solu Corridor (132 kV) and the Dhalkebar Bhittamod (400 kV) projects.




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