New Delhi: As monsoon is drifting closer, the Kosi issue is hotting up again. With the non-cooperation of the Nepal government in constructing the much-needed pilot channel, the river issue has become critical and flood looms large in Bihar.

Bihar Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary shot off letter to Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid for holding a meeting of Kosi High Level Committee (KHLC). Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Khurshid on last Tuesday in this connection.

In his letter to Khurshid, Choudhary has stated that some villagers and officials of Nepal sooed away the engineers who were working on pilot channel, saying that digging up the channel would inundate thousands of villages in Nepal. The work was interrupted in year 2010 too in the same manner.

In order to remove the bottleneck in the Kosi barrage project, Union Water Resources Secretary had insisted the Central government on April 30 to negotiate with the Nepal authorities, according to sources.

A meeting was held on May 11-12 in Kathmandu in this regard and it was decided that Kosi High Level Committee meeting will be held on May 18, but the Union Water Resources Secretary, who is also the chairman of KHLC, showed his inability to attend the meeting.

Striking serious note, the Bihar Water Resources Minister said that the state may face the flood calamity again as the river stream flows towards the eastern bank.

(JPN/Bureau)