Kathmandu, February 13
Issuing a white paper on Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) with an aim to clarify the status of the national pride project, Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar informed that the project has achieved 95.12 per cent physical progress as of today and Kathmandu dwellers will get water supplied from the project from mid-July.
The government had released a white paper on Melamchi Water Supply Project to clarify the project’s status after Italy-based Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna abruptly terminated the project in December 2018.
Though the construction of Melamchi Water Supply Project was started more than two decades ago, the project is yet to be completed.
Tiresh Prasad Khatri, executive director of Melamchi Water Supply Development Board, said that the target has been set to bring water from Melamchi River up to Sundarijal reservoir within mid-July. The budget for fiscal year 2019-20 had also announced to complete the Melamchi project within this fiscal year.
As stated in the white paper, the Melamchi Water Supply Project will cost Rs 31.36 billion while Rs 28.13 billion has already been spent for the project so far. “Kathmandu residents have waited for the project for years. However, the project will no longer remain