PM to embark on a 2-day visit to Nepal from Friday


Modi flags off bus service from Sita birthplace

It will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's third visit to Nepal in four years when he reaches the country tomorrow for a two-day visit.

On May 12, Modi will visit Muktinath temple at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang district to pay obeisance and also announce a "surprise gift" for its development and reconstruction. PM Modi will hold delegation level talks with his Nepalese counter part. both the prime ministers will jointly lay foundation stone of Arun-III hydro power project through remote and make press statement.

The Prime Minister will also visit Janakpur temple.

During Oli's visit, India and Nepal had agreed to construct a new electrified rail line, with India's financial support, connecting the border city of Raxaul to Kathmandu in Nepal.

-There are many posters are hung outside the temple to welcome PM Modi. He will then fly to Kathmandu, where he will meet Nepal's President, Vice-President as well as former Prime Ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba and Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda". "These back-to-back visits are aimed at bridging the trust deficit between the two countries", sources said, adding that New Delhi is looking at "incremental progress" in three areas of bilateral cooperation.

The Arun III power project is a hydroelectric project on river Arun, with an estimated cost of Rs 5,800 crore. Although the Oli-led CPN-UML had raised the issue of the blockade during the election campaign and nationalist slogans, after winning the election the Leftist party toned down its voice and adopted a positive attitude towards India, Mahat said. This will be the Prime Minister's third visit to the Himalayan state since he took over the reins of the government in 2014.

Sources said the Prime Minister will also meet leaders of Madhes-based parties, Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal (SSFN) and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

As Nepal ushered into a new era of consolidating the gains of a democracy and achieving economic growth, he said that India remains a steadfast partner of the Nepal Government to implement their vision of "Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali" (Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali ).

So it is perhaps with a measure of dismay that New Delhi views the return of Oli as his country's prime minister. "This is the largest hydropower project to be undertaken in Nepal", said an official spokesperson on Thursday.

Oli's visit was seen as an attempt to fix Nepal's ties with New Delhi.

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