Nepal could be richest S Asian country: Nitish

Bihar and Nepal should make concerted efforts to tackle recurring floods, Nitish said.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2012, 21:02 PM IST

Patna: Bihar and Nepal should make
concerted efforts to tackle recurring floods that proved
disastrous for both the state and the neighbouring country,
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Saturday.

Recurring floods have proved to be disastrous for both
Bihar and Nepal, "now we have to make concerted efforts to
turn the bane into boon by tackling the floods," Kumar told
reporters from Nepal at his official residence.

There were several problems facing Bihar, the
solutions to which were there in Nepal, he said.

Nepal could emerge as the richest country in the South
Asia by setting up hydel power plants, he said adding water
management could lead to better use of water for irrigation as
the land in Bihar and Nepal were fertile.

He praised Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai for
sparing his time to inaugurate the Global Bihar Summit here
yesterday.

Kumar also had a meeting with Indian Ambassador in
Nepal Jayant Prasad. During the meeting, Kumar discussed the
joint issues related to Nepal and Bihar.

Earlier during the day, Kumar hosted lunch at his
residence for the delegates who participated in the Global
Bihar Summit.

PTI