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Melamchi project: waiting for godot

By Our Reporter
Water of Melamchi project has become like the ‘Waiting For Godot’, the famous play by Samuel Beckett. In the play three persons keep on waiting for someone named Godot, who never comes. In the same manner, the people of the Kathmandu Valley have been waiting for the water of the Melamchi River in their taps for over 25 years.
The prime ministers, ministers and project officers had been claiming that the denizens would get the water from coming New Year Day or Dashain since 2014. But even four years after that, the project has not been completed, and it looks likely that the denizens will be waiting for another nine months to taste the water of the Melamchi River.
Recently, Ministry of Water Supply (MoWSS) has said that the water of Melamchi would be supplied in the Kathmandu Valley in February 2019 at the earliest.
Secretary at the Ministry Gajendra Kumar Thakur told the meeting of the Parliament’s Development and Technology Committee that the water from the Melamchi River would come to the valley within 60 days.
However, according to the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSS), it takes about six months only to clean the distribution system and regulate the water supply.
Earlier, several months ago, Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar had promised to complete the project by Dashain.
Erstwhile Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ had also promised that the project would be completed by Dashain in 2017.
But the progress of the national pride project commenced about 16 years ago is very slow.
According to the National Planning Commission (NPC) assessment, the project has achieved 84 per cent physical and 87.4 per cent financial progress and has become one of the most delayed large infrastructure projects in the country.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded MWSP will bring 170 million litres of water to the Kathmandu Valley

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