Water supply projects to be built in 10 dry areas

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Jan 23, 2019-

The government has started constructing water supply projects in 10 dry areas.

Such projects are being constructed in settlements that were identified as “water scarcity areas” at different times.

The projects include Halesi Area Large-scale Pumping Water Supply Project in Khotang; Yasok Large-scale Pumping Water Supply Project and Agna Mauwa Large-scale Pumping Water Supply Project in Panchthar; Timal Large-scale Water Supply Project in Kavre and Chaurikhola Dhokadanda Large-scale Pumping Water Supply Project in Kavre. Water supply projects are also being constructed in Ramechhap, Gorkha, Palpa, Rukum and Surkhet districts.

Construction of four of the 10 projects began four years ago with an investment of more than Rs 200 million, said Ram Chandra Ghimire, chief of the Dry Area Water Supply Project. The government has designated areas without water source within the range of 250 metres vertical distance and two kilometres horizontal distance as “water scarcity areas”. The places where their inhabitants have less than 10 litres availability of water per day from traditional water sources, which receive less than 1,200 millimetres of annual rainfall or snowfall in the hills and the areas in the Tarai where the groundwater level is more than 50 metres deep have also been defined as water scarcity areas.

Ratna Prasad Lamichhane, information officer at the Department of Water Supply, said the project was implemented in the areas with a population of 5,000 in the mountainous region, 10,000 in the hill region and 30,000 in the Tarai region.

Published: 23-01-2019 08:48

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