PM Modi will visit Nepal on 11th and 12th May

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The prime ministers are likely to sign a number of pacts and inaugurate the Rs. 6,000-crore Arun 3 project which is expected to generate around 900 MW of power. Similarly, Nepal is incomplete without India and India is incomplete without Nepal.

Noting that Nepal's people have chosen Oli-led government for economic and social prosperity and for nation building, Modi said he supports Oli's vision to transform Nepal from a land-locked country to a water- and land- linked nation.

Inaugurating the bus service, Modi said: "Ramayan Circuit will help boost tourism".

Prime Minister Modi arrived at the city of Janakpur on Friday at around 10:45 am (local time).

The Nepal government will receive benefits worth Nepali Rupees 348 billion from the project as royalty, income tax, customs tariff and free energy in the concession period of 25 years. This in all possibility is Modi's last visit to Nepal before the completion of his term in 2019. "Just like Lord Ram is incomplete without Goddess Sita, so is India incomplete without Nepal".

The project is expected to bring in Dollars 1.5 billion foreign direct investment into Nepal and create jobs for thousands of people. The reception gate was decked with flowers and many religious tableaus were present as drums played to receive the debut passengers of the cross-border bus service linking the two nations.

"An auspicious start to Day 2 in Nepal!"

"We are connecting through waterways, railways, roadways, transmission line and oil line, and will cooperate in areas of security and defence". "There were also deliberations to improve trade ties".

He later held talks with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari where the two leaders renewed their commitment to take their relations to new heights. He also said that the Kathmandu-Raxaul rail survey would begin soon, and India's Agriculture Minister will visit Nepal to discuss collaboration on agriculture. The movement of people across the border is governed by Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, 1950, which provides for free movement of citizens of both the countries across the border.

Modi said Janakpur will be added in the Ramayana Circuit while Lumbini will be included in the Buddhist Circuit.

After his stump-speech-like address, Modi moved to Kathmandu for the official leg of his two-day visit. "This will act as a foundation for strong people-to-people ties between our two countries".

He also announced a gift of India-made indigenous radiotherapy machine for Bhaktapur-based cancer hospital. The two Prime Ministers have agreed to expedite work on the Pancheshwor Multi-purpose project.

On the Nepal visit being planned earlier, the former Rajasthan chief minister reiterated that the prime minister had timed his Nepal visit to coincide with the Karnataka polls.

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