New bridge to connect India, Nepal to come up in Dharchula

What is the News?

The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal to build a bridge over the Mahakali river.

Where will the bridge be constructed?

The bridge will be built over the Mahakali river. It will link Dharchula in Uttarakhand with Nepal’s Dharchula.

The construction of the bridge will be completed within three years.

Significance: This will be the second motor bridge on the India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand. The other one, the Banbasa bridge, is situated in the Champawat district.

About Mahakali River

Mahakali women find their voices | The Third PoleThe Mahakali River, also called Sharda and Kali River originates at Kalapani in the Himalayas in the Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand.

The river flows along Nepal’s western border with India. It joins Ghaghra River, a tributary of the Ganges.

Mahakali Treaty: It is an agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of India regarding the integrated development of the Mahakali River. The treaty was signed in 1996.

The treaty recognizes the Mahakali River as a boundary river between the two countries.

Source: This post is based on the article New bridge to connect India, Nepal to come up in Dharchula published in the Indian Express on 10th January 2022.

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