Contractor told to have own crusher

  • Melamchi tunnel construction
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
 Contractor told to have own crusher

Sep 22, 2014-

Melamchi Water Supply Development Board has asked the new tunnel contractor to build its own crusher plant after the work on the project halted for over a month due to the agitation of crusher industries. Italy’s CMC Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti di Ravenna has been assigned with the tunnel work.

Ghanashyam Bhattarai, executive director of the Melamchi board, said they asked  the contractor to have its own crusher plant so that the work can be continued.

The contractor had leased a crusher plant, but it could not run the plant due to lack of sands and stones.  Bhattarai, however, said they have suggested the contractor to set up a new plant or purchase the existing one making sure it fulfills the government-set standards.

As per the government standards, crusher plants are required to be located 500m away from highways and rivers, and 2km away from forests, national parks and human settlements. The government has also banned extraction and export of natural resources from the Chure region completely.

As of September 16, 8,563m of the tunnel has been dug, while 19,018m is yet to be completed.  Bhattarai said despite halt of the work, the board has not revised the project completion deadline.

Published: 23-09-2014 09:45

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