Nitish asks Centre to take up with Nepal Kosi water flow issue

With monsoon not far behind and memories of Kosi flood disaster 2009 still fresh, Bihar government asked the Centre to take up with Nepal the issue of excavation of the river`s pilot channel.

Last Updated: May 31, 2011, 23:16 PM IST

New Delhi: With monsoon not far behind and
memories of Kosi flood disaster 2009 still fresh, Bihar
government asked the Centre to take up with Nepal the
issue of excavation of the river`s pilot channel.

In a letter to External Affairs Minister SM Krishna,
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar requested him to "take up
the issue with the government of Nepal in order to ensure the
central flow of the river below the downstream of Kosi
barrage".

Kumar said the possibility of devastation during flood
otherwise cannot be ruled out.

"Bihar suffers a lot every year on account of flood
fury caused by incoming uncontrolled river discharge from
Nepal and Tibet. In the recent past, Kosi River has been one
of the most problematic rivers. In the downstream of Kosi
barrage, the river has shifted eastwards and is now flowing by
hugging the eastern Kosi embankment. It is imperative that the
river flow remains central to exert minimum pressure on either
side of the embankments," Kumar said in the letter.

The Bihar Chief Minister said a scheme of excavation
of pilot channel was formulated in the light of recommendation
made by Kosi High Level Committee (KHLC) to make the river
flow central. KHLC is the technical body to suggest
undertaking of suitable remedial measures before onset
of monsoon every year.

"The excavation of pilot channel work was started but
unfortunately immediately afterwards, the work was stopped in
the 2nd week of April 2011 by Nepalese people and government
of Nepal officials, saying the excavation of this pilot
channel work will adversely affect the Nepal territory," Kumar
said.

PTI