Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached Nepal on a two-day official trip. It will be the first bilateral visit by a Prime Minister to Kathmandu in 17 years and both countries could possibly make big-ticket announcements. Negotiators were trying to narrow down differences over the power pact aimed at harnessing Nepal’s estimated 42,000 MW hydro-electric potential to meet domestic needs and also supply India’s giant energy-starved economy.
Krishna Dhakal, Acting Ambassador of Nepal to India, said, “PM Modi visit is historic in many ways. It will enhance political engagements and re-energise India-Nepal ties and strengthen economic cooperation.”
Modi will also visit the famous Pashupatinath temple on Monday, before returning. The temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati on the outskirts of Kathmandu,after giving a bath of ‘panchamrit’ to Shiva Linga. Modi is about to receive “Prasad” from the chief priest Ganesh Bhatta, who is the native of South India.