The Nepal–India Water Relationship: Challenges

  • Dwarika N. Dhungel
  • Santa B. Pun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Dwarika Nath Dhungel, Santa Bahadur Pun, Niva Shrestha, Anil Shrestha
    Pages 1-9
  3. Dwarika Nath Dhungel
    Pages 11-68
  4. Damodar Bhattarai
    Pages 69-98
  5. Som Nath Poudel
    Pages 99-123
  6. Prachar Man Singh Pradhan
    Pages 125-151
  7. Santa Bahadur Pun
    Pages 153-196
  8. Ananda Bahadur Thapa
    Pages 197-220
  9. Bhubanesh Kumar Pradhan
    Pages 243-267
  10. Dwarika Nath Dhungel, Santa Bahadur Pun, Basistha Raj Adhikari
    Pages 269-293
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 319-491

About this book


Unless they are torn apart by tectonic action, Nepal and India have to live and engage with each other in many spheres: social, economic and political. Of all the engagements the two countries have to deal with, the issue of water resources is the most important and at the same time a very sensitive issue, because water is the most important natural resource that Nepal possesses, although most of it has yet to be exploited. The size and topography of Nepal are such that the three countries of the Indian sub-continent, Nepal, India and Bangladesh, could benefit immensly, if Nepal's 6,000 rivers are harnessed optimally.

There are both people-to-people and official aspects to the water resources relationship between Nepal and India, the former existing from time immemorial and the latter since at least the time of British India, as set down in a number of treaties.

The 11 chapters that make up this monograph provide a masterly guide to the entire spectrum of water resources relationship between Nepal and India: historical perspective, economic and development issues, flooding, hydropower and energy trading, seaport access via canals and waterways and personal reflections of the power interplay between the countries and an epilogue.

Audience: This book will be of interest to researchers and scientists, professionals and policymakers in water resources management and environmental science, conservation policy and development research.


Hydro power and power trading Inundation Multi purpose project Water related treaties Water way and river linking development

Editors and affiliations

  • Dwarika N. Dhungel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Santa B. Pun
    • 3
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS)KathmanduNepal
  2. 2.Ministry of Water ResourcesGovernment of NepalKathmanduNepal
  3. 3.Nepal Electricity AuthorityGovernment of NepalKathmanduNepal

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