Melamchi project

  • Govt told to complete project within May 2016
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 12, 2014-

The Parliamentary Develo- pment Committee has asked the government to expedite work on the Melamchi Drinking Water Project to complete it within May 2016.  

While the scheduled deadline is September 2016, the government has committed a bonus of $45,000 to the project’s tunnel contractor provided it completes the works early. The government had signed a contract agreement with Italy’s CMC Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti di Ravenna for developing diversion tunnel and headworks in July 2013 after terminating the contract with Chinese contractor--China Railway 15 Bureau Group in September 2012. Concerned by the slow progress on tunnel digging, the parliamentary has invited the government officials to inquire about the latest progress.

“With no disturbances from anywhere, there is no reason for the project to go slow,” said Rabindra Adhikari, chairperson of the committee. “We have directed the government to ensure that Kathmandu people get Melamchi drinking water by May 2016.” Melamchi officials also said that the contractor had failed to expedite the work as expected. “The contractor has the capacity to expedite the work and claim bonus. Yet the progress has been very slow,” said an official of the project.

Out of the total 27.58 km tunnel works, only 8.95 km has been constructed until October 17, according to the project’s website.

The project has to complete the tunnel digging at the rate of 37 metres a day, but it has been digging just 22-23 metres a day in the four places where works have started, the official said. “It has to start work from four places but the current contractor took some time to start work in the Sindhu area due to pick up the former contractor’s slack.” The parliamentary committee has also directed the government to ensure that people of Kirtipur and Bhaktapur (Madhyapur Thimi) also get Melamchi water.

Published: 13-11-2014 09:34

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