Construction delay renders water projects inoperable

- LABADEV DHUNGANA, Panchthar
Construction delay renders water projects inoperable

Dec 13, 2014-

The drinking water supply projects in Bharapa and Amarpur VDCs in the district, which were respectively completed 17 and 13 years after construction work on them were initiated, have been rendered inoperable. These drinking water projects suffered the ignoble fate as the pipelines and water tanks have broken down and fallen into disrepair due to the delay in the construction work.

The cost for completion of the two projects had rose to more than Rs 30 million each due to the delay in construction work caused primarily due to inadequate budget allocation. According to Chiranjibi Khanal, chief of District Water Supply and Sanitation Division (DWSSD), they need additional Rs 1.2 million to carry out repairs and maintenance works in order to make the projects operational.

One Hari Narayan Ghimire, a consumer of the Sacchekhola Drinking Water Supply project at Bharapa claimed that the construction work on the project had been marred by various problems including financial irregularities. “Had the budget been used properly, the Sacchekhola Drinking Water Supply project would not have been in such a sorry state. The ones to be blamed for this mess are the consumer’s committee and concerned officials,” Ghimire said.

Likewise, Kamala Bhattarai of Amarpur complained that they have been compelled to walk up to half an hour every day just to fetch water as the water supply pipes have been running dry.

“We were very excited about the prospects of the project when it first started its operation, but we have not been able to get water from the project even when we are ready to pay for it,” Bhattarai added.

While Til Bikram Thapa, vice-chairperson of the consumer committee of Amarpur drinking water supply project admitted that they have failed to supply water to 25 out of the 109 households of the VDC, he alleged that the technicians had deliberately made low estimates and handed over the project without completing it properly.

Meanwhile, claiming that they had failed to bring the two projects into operation as they desperately need repairs, DWSSD chief Khanal said that they would make sure the locals get the water after conducting necessary repairs and maintenance works if they receive the budget this year.

The construction cost for the project at Bharapa initiated 13 years ago with an estimated budget of Rs 19.1 million had exceeded Rs 37 million upon completion. Likewise, started with an estimated budget of Rs 19.9 million, the Amarapur project too was completed at more than Rs 37 million. However, the locals have not even been able to get even a drop of water till date from the two projects from which more than 14,000 people in Bharapa and Amarpur VDCs were expected to benefit.

 

Published: 14-12-2014 09:28

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