No anti-India activities will be allowed: Nepal PM

Shimla: Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday said anti-India activities will not be allowed from his country. He was here on a day-long visit to India's largest hydropower project in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh being run by public sector Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL). "We will not allow any activity that is against our neighbouring countries from our soil," Dahal told reporters after visiting 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant. He said his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would help in strengthening the ties between the two countries. "The talks were held in an open and warm atmosphere. I am feeling much elated after the talks," he said. Expressing satisfaction over the operation of the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant, he said visiting this hill state "is like a homecoming for me". SJVNL is commissioning a 900 MW Arun Stage III project in the Himalayan nation. Indian Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, who was accompanying Dahal, said talks were on for commissioning more hydropower projects in joint ventures with Nepal. Official sources said the Nepalese Prime Minister, who was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues and a high-level delegation of officials, also visited the powerhouse of the plant, located some 170 km from the state capital. Dahal expressed interest in the operation of the turbines, generation of electricity and the lifespan of such mega projects, a SJVNL official told IANS.