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India likely to commission major hydropower project in Bhutan this month: Gokhale

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

is likely to commission a major hydropower project in this month, has said, vowing to strengthen bilateral collaboration in the

In his address on 'India-Relations: The Road Ahead' here, Gokhale said is committed to harnessing the true potential for growth of cooperative ties with Bhutan, and exploring newer avenues for advancing it further.

"The Road ahead for India-ties is one of tremendous potential and opportunities," he said at the end of the conference organised by the Indian Council of and the for Governance and Strategic Studies, Bhutan, on Tuesday.

Over the years, the Indo-Bhutan mutually beneficial cooperation has been anchored in the remarkable cooperation in the energy sector, he said.

"This year, we hope to commission the flagship 720 MW Mangdechhu hydro-power project, hopefully this month itself. We are working together on a number of ongoing and planned projects, which promise to ensure that our relationship in this sector continue in the future," Gokhale said.

Noting that enhancing connectivity is a central pillar of 'Neighbourhood First' and 'Act East' policies, he said India's focus on boosting connectivity has contributed in expanding trade and economic opportunities and forging knowledge partnerships with Bhutan.

"As we look into the future, we see a positive trajectory for India-Bhutan relations, with expanded engagement in pursuit of common prosperity and happiness for our two peoples," he said.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:35 IST