Kathmandu, May 28
The Melamchi Water Supply Project has started to look for alternative water sources for the project.
The project, with consultants from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has started searching for new water sources.
The project is planning to construct the new headwork for the project in a geographically less challenging place. A massive flood in June 2021 severely damaged the infrastructure of the Melamchi project.
Rajendra Pant, the director and spokesperson of the Melamchi Water Supply Development Committee, says that an ADB team is looking for a new water source and is working on the design based on it.
“We are looking for a water source in a place higher than the current one. Until the new source is found and is ready, we will continue to repair the old one and operate it,” says Pant.
He says the project would have to construct structures at the old water source as two out of the three headworks were buried in sludge brought by the floods in 2021 while one was heavily damaged.
Pant says repair works had started as the government had given the project Rs 400 million to finish the project.
The project has stopped water distribution in the Kathmandu valley to conduct repair works.