India is working closely with Nepal to develop IT infrastructure in the mountaineous region of the neighbouring country. Both the countries are working together to provide internet connectivity to the rural areas of Nepal, Krishna Hari Pushkar, Economic Diplomat, Minister (Economic) Embassy of Nepal, recently said at the Smart City Conclave, held on July 28-29 in Chandigarh.
“India and Nepal have a lot of similarities. The Government of Nepal would like to take partnership with India in the Smart Cities Mission,” added Pushkar.
Pushkar also offered Nepal’s expertise in mountaineous region and transportation in hilly areas which India can incorporate in its Smart Cities plan of such hilly region.
“To make a city smart is not the responsibility of the government only but also of the civil society and the private sector. India is taking lead in building the neighbourhood,” he added.
While speaking at the ‘International Experience of Smart Cities’ session in the two-day conclave, he emphasised that the Kathmandu Government will continue to provide its support to India in developmental projects.
The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is partnering to create physical infrastructure and establish social institutions in Nepal. He was interacting with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba recently in Delhi.
The Vice President said that enhanced connectivity between the two countries will boost economic growth and renewed focus should be given to projects like Terai Roads, Rail links, integrated check posts, as well as Raxaual-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline. He further said that there was immense potential for bilateral cooperation in hydro-power sector and both countries should work for expeditious implementation of Pancheshwar project signed in 1996. We need to expand our cooperation in water resources sector for the benefit of people of our two nations, he added.