Melamchi project will take three more years to complete pipeline works

File image: Pipeline works underway under the Melamchi Water Supply Project

Kathmandu, January 31

If you are hoping that Kathmandu will be free of dust from pipeline works of Melamchi Water Supply Project anytime soon as the government says Kathmanduites will get water from the Sindhupalchok river within next few months, you may get disappointed for next few years.

Officials at the Melamchi Water Supply Project say around three years are needed to complete all pipeline works in the Kathmandu Valley and the production of dust particles due to construction works will continue unabated.

In the areas where pipeline works are currently underway, the Project is yet to install pipelines along 90 kilometres. The Project is conducting a preliminary study to set up pipelines in another span of 500 kilometres whereas tenders from contractors are yet to be called for the work in another 900 kilometres.

Meanwhile, the Project officials claim that additional measures will be implemented to control the impact of pipeline works on the pollution in the city.

Lila Prasad Dhakal, spokesperson of the Project Implementation Directorate, says a micro-tunnelling technology will be used at major crossroads and other major sections so as to control spread of dust.

Published on January 31st, Wednesday, 2018 12:40 PM

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