Today after signing ceremony of Concession Agreement for 600 MW Kholongchhu JV- Hydroelectric project in Bhutan, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said that both the countries are battling the coronavirus pandemic together and have ensured that New Delhi stands with Thimphu in coping with challenges post the global crisis.
Jaishankar named the joint project a further landmark in the “diverse” and “multi-faceted bilateral relations” between the two neighbouring countries. The 600 MW run-of-river project is situated in the lower part of the Kholongchhu River in the district of Trashiyangtse, Eastern Bhutan, and is scheduled to be finished in the second half of 2025.
Jaishankar also expressed the hope that the start of the construction activities of this project will help to create economic and employment opportunities in Bhutan at this critical time when two countries are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our two countries are together to fight this global pandemic. The Government of India has provided support, as it should, to Bhutan in terms of medical equipment, kits and medicines as part of our Government of Bhutan’s requirements. We have also ensured uninterrupted and essential goods to Bhutan despite the lockdown.
India stands together with Bhutan in dealing with health and economic challenges post by this pandemic,” he said.
Jaishankar said that the unique relations have not only helped the two but that they have also set a precedent for the world.
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