Indian PM Modi and Deuba hold bilateral meeting on his visit to Lumbini on Monday
Kathmandu: In a step aimed at boosting bilateral ties, the Indian prime minister undertakes an hour-long tour to Lumbini on his fifth visit to Nepal since 2014.
When Modi arrived at the Lumbini helipad on Monday morning, Deuba and his wife, Arzu Rana Deuba, greeted him with welcome.
Prime Minister Deuba said the airport would improve connectivity, cultural linkages, and people-to-people movements, as well as encourage cultural tourism, at the official inauguration and start of commercial operations of the Gautam Buddha International Airport. Additional air access routes from Mahendranagar, Nepalgunj, and Janakpur were also requested. The Indian prime minister promised that the relevant authorities in India will look into Prime Minister Deuba’s concerns.
The International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone, Lumbini, will be a world-class facility welcoming pilgrims and tourists from all over the world to enjoy the essence of the spiritual aspects of Buddhism, according to a press release issued by the Indian Embassy here today.
According to MEA, the structure will be modern and NetZero compliant in terms of energy, water, and waste treatment, and will feature prayer halls, meditation centers, libraries, exhibition halls, cafetarias, offices, and other features.
For a variety of factors, including India’s growing energy demand, coal shortages and escalating prices, and its goal to switch to renewable energy by 2030, New Delhi has been increasingly interested in buying power from Nepal.
India now sees a way to buy electricity from Nepal by assisting in the development of power plants. The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the Indian government, and Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), a subsidiary of the Himachal government, have agreed to jointly develop Arun-IV.