Kathmandu, March 10
As the Melamchi Water Supply Project prepares to begin distributing water to Kathmanduites soon, the government is seeking funds for the second phase of the project.
The project’s Executive Director Tiresh Khatri says the Asian Development Bank, which had provided assistance to the first phase of the project, has expressed its interest in investing in the second phase also, but it is yet to be ensured.
The estimated cost of the second phase is over Rs 30 billion (around USD 3 million).
In the second phase, water from the Yangri and Larke rivers of Sindhupalchok districts will be added to Melamchi.
The first phase will supply 170 million litre water to the capital city a day. But, it will be insufficient for the demand of Kathmandu, hence the second phase has been mooted, according to officials. If the second phase becomes successful, the per-day supply from Melamchi to Kathmandu will be 510 million litres.
The detail project report for this phase has already been ready two years ago.