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Melamchi water supply halted for two months in Kathmandu


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2021 Jun 11, 7:57, Kathmandu
This undated image shows the water treatment plant of Melamchi water supply project. Photo: Melamchi Water Supply Development Board

The water supply to the Kathmandu Valley from Melamchi is being halted for about two months. The Melamchi Water Supply Development Board has decided to empty the tunnel from June 15 for inspection.

The Board has alerted the locals of Melamchi area, Sindhu and Gyalthum areas in downstream side in Sindhupalchowk district and in Kathmandu as water flow in the Melamchi and Bagmati river could increase due to the emptying of the tunnel.

The Board notified, that it will nearly take two months for the inspection, including 16 more days for emptying the tunnel. It will take time for the inspection, testing, improvement and refilling. These tasks need to be done before the monsoon peaks, the board stated in a notice.

The Project diverted the water from the Melamchi river on February 22 for testing the tunnel project.The water from Melamchi reached Sundarijal of Kathmandu 12 days after the test was started. The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited distributed the water from Melamchi in the Kathmandu Valley from April 19 itself.

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