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Highlights of Reviews on India, Bhutan Hydroelectric Projects

Today India and Bhutan reviewed the progress of hydroelectric projects during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering in New Delhi. PM Tshering arrived in New Delhi today on a three-day visit to India, which is his first official trip abroad after assuming office in October.

“Development of hydroelectric projects is an important part of the long history of India’s aid to Bhutan. Today we reviewed our aid for all related projects in this important sector.” -PM Modi stated in a joint address to the media with PM Tshering after the meeting.

There are a number of institutional mechanisms between India and Bhutan in areas like security, border management, trade, economy, hydroelectricity, development cooperation and water resources.

New Delhi has set up three hydroelectric projects in Bhutan with a total capacity of 1,416 MW, which are operational. About three-fourth of the power generated is exported to India and the rest is used for domestic consumption. 

Stating that space science is a new area of cooperation between the two countries, according to this PM Modi said that- a ground station will be soon be developed in Bhutan by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to the reap the benefits of the South Asian Satellite.

He also expressed happiness at PM Tshering conveying him the news that Bhutan will soon launch the RuPay cards.

PM Tshering said that the main aim of his visit, taking place on the golden-jubilee year of India-Bhutan diplomatic ties, is to take the bilateral relationship to much greater heights.

He invited PM Modi to visit Bhutan at the earliest. 

Earlier, PM Tshering was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the visiting dignitary.

The speciality of the Bhutan is that it chooses a different party to rule at each election since the end of absolute monarchy in 2008.

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