The much-awaited Melamchi water distribution is starting in Kathmandu Valley today. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is scheduled to inaugurate the Melamchi drinking water diversion and redistribution from the premises of the Prime Minister’s Office at Singha Durbar.
Secretary at the Ministry of Drinking Water, Suresh Acharya, said that water would be gradually distributed in Anamnagar, Minbhawan, Mahankalchaur, Rigni, Bhaktapur, Khumaltar, Balaju, and Bansbari areas. He said the water released into the tunnel from Ambathan in Sindhupalchowk reached Sundarijal on Wednesday, and the quantity of drinking water will be measured and distributed to all areas of Kathmandu gradually.
PM Dahal had directed Minister for Drinking Water Mahendra Ray Yadav to make arrangements to bring Melamchi water to the capital. Following the directives of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Drinking Water has taken the initiative to bring water by repairing the Melamchi Drinking Water Project. Melamchi water, which was disrupted due to floods and landslides, has been brought back to Kathmandu.
On December 19, the Melamchi Drinking Water Development Committee and construction company Sino Hydro reached an agreement to bring Melamchi water to Kathmandu within 28 days. Around 170 million liters of water are being brought to Kathmandu daily from Melamchi. The source area of the project was damaged after a flood and landslide occurred in the Melamchi River on June 15, 2021.
Since then, Melamchi water has not been distributed regularly in Kathmandu. The government has continued its efforts to bring Melamchi water to Kathmandu on a regular basis.