KMC: Melamchi project failed to repair roads

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 28, 2015-

Kathmandu Metropolitan City officials have expressed dissatisfaction saying that the Melamchi drinking water project authorities failed to live up to their commitment to reconstruct the roads damaged due to pipe installation.

“They expressed commitment to repair each damaged road,” said Sanjay Raj Upadhyay, Road Department chief of the metropolis. “But, they have failed to do so,” he said.

As per the plans, Melamchi authorities were supposed to install pipes in smaller roads initially and switch to larger roads. However, most roads, including major thoroughfares, have been messed up due to the ongoing pipe installation work.

In recent days, the Melamchi authorities have expedited their work mostly in major residential areas in the Capital with an aim to achieve their target of facilitating entire households with drinking water by 2016. The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited, responsible for the installing the pipes, has a target to complete the 700 kilometre water distribution network and 55 kilometre bulk distribution system in the Kathmandu valley by mid-April next year.

The KUKL has to take permission from the metropolis to install pipes on the inner roads. “Currently, we have been issuing permission in roads which need urgent repairing,” said Upadhyay. The metropolis has put the recently-renovated roads at the bottom of the list.

Till now, installation of 6.5 kilometres of the bulk distribution system has been completed in the Sundarijal-Nayapati-Gokarna-Jorpati and the Sorhakhutte- Balaju roads.

Likewise, 122 kilometres of the distribution network has been completed in areas, including Maitidevi, Ratopul, Ghattekulo, Dillibazar, Setopul, Old Baneshwor, Babarmahal, Anamnagar, Sorhakhutte, Sanepa, Kupondole, Koteshwor, Narephat, Subidhanagar, Sahayoginagar, Banasthali, Sobhabhagwati and Chamati Planning.

Published: 29-01-2015 08:49

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