New Delhi: In a bid to control the frequent floods in Bihar caused by overflowing Kosi river, India and Nepal have started working in collaboration to overcome the problem.

A team from India visited the eastern Kosi embankment in Nepal to take stock of the situation after an agreement was signed between the two countries on February 15 in Delhi. Pulling up its socks to get rid of the problem, India has also appointed engineers for the project.

Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal informed the Parliament on Thursday that the two nations are working in partnership on a number of projects related with rivers flowing from Nepal to India.

Ganga Flood Control Commission sent a high-level committee team to Nepal to inspect the 15 kilometers of the eastern Kosi embankment. Although the area falls in the jurisdiction of the Nepal government, the country has always overlooked the maintenance work on the embankment.

According to Bansal, junior engineers have also been appointed for the Sapta Kosi Sun Kosi joint project. The government is hopeful that the detailed project report (DPR) of the Sapta Kosi High Dam Multipurpose Project and Sun Kosi Storage cum Diversion Project will soon be prepared by the help of these engineers.

It is to be noted that Bihar has to grapple with floods every year causing a great loss to agriculture, besides large number of casualties and devastation due to which many people have to be relocated elsewhere. The state government has been pitching for anti-flood measures since long.

(JPN/Bureau)