UNB: Nepal will initially send 40-50 MW of electricity to Bangladesh but promised to supply more after a big power project being implemented in the Himalayan nation will be completed, newly appointed Nepalese Ambassador Ghanshyam Bhandari said yesterday.
Prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters that the diplomat made the comment when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban on Tuesday.
The Nepalese envoy said that his country is currently implementing a mega power plant project.
“After completing that project Nepal will be able to export more electricity to Bangladesh,” Karim quoted the Ambassador as saying.
Bangladesh is eager to buy 500MW electricity from 900MW Upper Karnali hydropower project, which will be developed by India’s GMR Group.
Ghanshyam Bhandari also expressed his country’s interest to use the Banglabandha Land Port of Bangladesh for trading as this port is located nearer than Burimari port.
He appreciated Bangladesh’s cooperation towards Nepal, saying that many Nepalese students study in Bangladesh for higher degrees.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the newly appointed ambassador and assured them of cooperation during this term in Bangladesh. She recalled Nepal’s support to Bangladesh during its Liberation War in 1971 with arms and ammunition to the freedom fighters, which she said was very important for the country. She emphasized Bangladesh’s connectivity among the countries in the region, especially with Nepal, Bhutan and India.