Kushaha embankment to be repaired at Rs 200 crore - Nitish

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Saharsa, Oct 2 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the Kushaha embankment over the Kosi in Nepal would be repaired at an estimated expenditure of Rs 200 crore.

After visiting a mega camp in Saharsa on the occasion of Eid festival, Mr Kumar told newspersons here that the repair work would start soon and the state Water Resources department had been entrusted with the task.

He said the Centre had also agreed to extend financial support for the repair work which would be done on the basis of the recommendations made by the Sanyal committee.

He said the decision to entrust the responsibility of the repair of the Kushaha embankment to the state was taken in a meeting at Prime Minister's Office (PMO) level.

Mr Kumar referred to his recent meeting with Nepal Prime Minister Pushp Kamal Dahal ''Prachand'' in New Delhi and said Mr Prachand too agreed for the repair of the Kushaha embankment and assured of extending all logistic support to the Bihar Government for the purpose.

He further said construction of High dam on the Kosi would benefit both Bihar and Nepal as it would generate electricity to cater the requirements in the region.

Throwing light on the relief distribution work, he said each of the 25 per cent of the flood victim families had been provided with one quintal foodgrains and Rs 2250.

He said the flood victims would stay in the mega relief camps till their houses damaged in the flood were reconstructed.

UNI XC-RS SJC RP HT1810

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