Prospects for improving the development of water resources in the region and clarifying the problems that deter development were explored in the workshop, “Cooperative Development of Indo-Nepal Water Resources: Prospects, Opportunities, and Challenges,” held from May 29–30, 1992, in Patna, India. It was organized by the Centre for Water Resources Studies at the Bihar College of Engineering in Patna.
Nepal and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which are south of Nepal, are very well endowed with water resources. Seven major rivers traversing these Indian states originate in Nepal. The capacity to generate power from these rivers is estimated to be equal to the hydroelectric power potential available in North America. The plains below the Himalayan foot hills in Nepal, called the Terai, and the plains of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are fertile and capable of high agricultural yield.