UP blames Nepal for flood-like situation
Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday said water released by Nepal into rivers originating from there was the major cause of flood-like situation in the state. “The flood-like situation in the area on last Friday was because of the water released by Nepal into the rivers without informing and in order to find a permanent solution, the issue will be taken up with the neighbouring country. If required the Centre will be requested to play the role of intermediary,” said state minister for Irrigation, Shivpal Singh Yadav. Yadav took an aerial view of the affected areas. Release of water in Burrhi Rapti, Baan Ganga Kurra, Ghonghi rivers had adversely affected Naugarh, Shohratgarh, Itwa and Bansi areas of the state, he said.
He added that joint projects in hydel power and using the water for irrigation purposes will be taken up with Nepal so as to ensure proper utilisation of surplus water. Yadav said the earlier Samajwadi Party government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav had planned to start projects to improve power generation but the BSP government did no work in this regard, which has resulted in the present poor power scenario.