CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Kathmandu
Aug 19, 2018-Residents of several parts of Kathmandu will get a much needed respite as the water utility makes supply more regular. In the northern parts of the Capital, water will now be supplied five times a week—two hours at a stretch. Earlier, tap water was received only once a week.
The upsurge in supply was possible after the government diverted 30 million litres of water daily from the Bagmati river to the Valley that has waited two decades for Melamchi water. The pipeline laid by the Melamchi Water Supply Project will be used to channel the additional water.
Water is brought from Sundarijal to the Mahankal reservoir through the Bulk Distribution System (BDS) of the Melmachi project. It is treated at the Sundarijal plant, which will be used to process water diverted via tunnel from the Melamchi river in Sindhupalchok.
Inaugurating the arrangement, Water Supply Minister Bina Magar said the government was working on a war footing to deliver the Melamchi water. “We still hope more water from Bagmati can be diverted,” she said. The Project Implementation Directorate (PID), responsible for laying the pipeline for distribution of water from Melamchi, had used the Bagmati water for washing the BDS network in the Sundarijal-Dhobikhola section.
After flushing the pipes, the water has been used for household supply, PID Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri said. The new measure will benefit nearly 840,000 people through 70,000 taps of the 216,000 installed by the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL), according to the PID.
However, the water will not reach every part of the Valley. Areas like Kapan, Saraswatinagar, Bouddha, Jorpati, Chabahil, Handigaun, Gyaneshwor, Naxal, Baneshwor, Anamnagar, Putalisadak, Dillibazaar, Bagbazaar, Maitighar, Tripureshwor, and New Road—supplied from the Mahankal reservoir—will be supplied more regularly. The KUKL will soon release a new timetable for supply to these areas.
Published: 19-08-2018 07:47