Bangladeshi Minister stresses on energy cooperation

Kathmandu, March 4: Bangladeshi Minister for Information Hasanul Haq Inu has said that his government has forwarded proposal to Nepal for transmission of energy necessary for Bangladesh.

At a programme organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal here today, the visiting Bangladeshi Minister stressed on the need for both the countries to mount steps for exchange of energy.
Minister Inu said 80,000 megawatt of electricity could be generated from Ganga, Bramhaputra and Meghana rivers (JBN) Basin, and insisted on partnership in this regard so as to end energy dearth in the area.
Nepal has aided Bangladesh supplying weapons during its independence movement, the Bangladeshi Minster said, adding that Nepal is the second home of Bangladesh’s Dipanker Buddha – a fact which has brought into relief the cultural relations between the two countries.
He also spoke on the possibilities of cooperation between the two countries on economic, tourism and cultural frontiers.
Minister Inu said the number of Bangladeshi tourists visiting Nepal which currently hovers over 7,000 could grow in the days ahead with opening of the land route. He said Bangladeshi people could visit Nepal to relish its Himalayan range and hilly terrain while Nepali could visit Bangladesh to see its beautiful rivers and beaches.
Minister Inu also said that the availability of the Mangalpur Chitgaun dry port along with Bangala and Fulbari dry ports for Nepal has opened up new avenues of partnership.