Melamchi close to breakthrough

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 10, 2018-The Melamchi Water Supply Project is poised for a major breakthrough with the 27.5 km tunnel digging work likely to be completed soon.

With the completion of a 7.5km Sindhu-Gyalthum section, the last leg of the tunnel, the digging work of the multi-billion project ends.

The tunnel will deliver water from Melamchi River in Sindhupalchok to Kathmandu.

Information Officer at the Melamchi Water Supply Development Board (MWSDB ) Senior Division Engineer Rajendra Prasad Pant said the tunnel breakthrough brought the project a step closer to the goal of supplying potable water to Kathmandu residents. “The breakthrough marks the completion of earth excavation parts of the project. Now, only construction works inside the tunnel remain before water supply to households begins,” said Pant. Crews completed 11 metres of tunnel excavation on Sunday. The last 6.9 metres of the Sindhu-Gyalthum stretch of the total 26.3 km long was left for Monday. “With the pace of ongoing work, the remaining tunnel digging will be completed by the wee hours of Tuesday,” said Pant.

Published: 10-04-2018 07:59

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