The two sides noted the progress made in various development projects in the last one year despite the constraints of the COVID-pandemic

India and Nepal have agreed to expedite implementation of various developmental projects, a decision to this effect was taken during the in 9th Oversight Mechanism Meeting (OSM) held in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

“The meeting carried out a comprehensive review of bilateral cooperation projects since its 8th meeting held on August 17 2020. Both sides deliberated on the issues at length and agreed to expedite the implementation of such projects,” said a statement of the Indian Embassy in Nepal.

The meeting was co-chaired by Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to Nepal and Bharat Raj Paudyal, Foreign Secretary, the Government of Nepal.

“The Co-chairs noted the progress made in various development projects in the last one year despite the constraints of the COVID-pandemic, which showcased the strength and resolve of our bilateral partnership and the proactive support and facilitation extended by both sides,” the Indian embassy said.

The meeting recognized progress in reconstruction of houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot which is almost nearing completion, completion of 13 road packages in Terai area of Nepal, satisfactory progress in Arun-III project as well in most of the road and transmission line projects under Government of India’s Lines of Credit and commencement of construction of Integrated Check Post at Nepalgunj.

“It was agreed to follow-up on the decisions of OSM through regular coordination to support project implementation and resolve ground-level issues,” the statement further said.

“Both chairs also noted with appreciation COVID-19 related cooperation, including supply of medicines, medical equipment, beds, ICU, ventilators, and vaccines to Nepal by India,” it stated.

They agreed to hold the next meeting of the Oversight Mechanism on a mutually convenient date, said the release.

The OSM Mechanism was set up in 2016 to monitor the progress of various India assisted projects and initiatives.

The meeting was attended by representatives of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Government of Nepal, officers of the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, Consultants, Contractors and other stakeholders engaged in implementation of the projects.