'Melamchi water to be supplied by October'

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Difficulties posed due to presence of weak rock while boring under Melamchi Drinking Water Project have gradually decreased. As a result, probability of supplying Melamchi water to Kathmandu denizens by October, 2017 has increased.

Presence of weak rock in the remaining five kilometers of 26-km tunnel had posed a challenge in completion of the project in stipulated time.

Talking to Setopati, Deputy Executive Director of the Melamchi Water Supply Development Board Ramakanta Duwadi said boring of the tunnel would be completed within stipulated time as it has gathered pace lately.

Pace of digging has progressed in the month of Falgun ending in mid-February in comparison to that in the previous month. At least 516 meters was dug in Falgun while it was around 424 meters in the preceding month.

“At least 20 meters of tunnel is being dug on an average daily now,” Duwadi said, “We have asked contractor company to bore at least 25 meter tunnel and it has expressed its commitment on the same.”

The contractor has acgreed to use modern technologies in boring.

“We have already told the construction company that we are ready to provide additional budget to purchase new technologies for boring if necessary,” he added.

At least 4.2 kilometers of boring remains. According to Duwadi, digging is being done at four places of Sindhu-Gyalthum to Gyalthum-Ambathan road stretch. Weak rocks were found at the 1,200-meter stretch of Gyalthum-Sindhu.

After completing the construction, plastering of tunnel, construction of gate ventilator, laying down of optical fibers and CC camera, among others would be startced. It would take nearly three months to complete, a senior engineer informed.

Secretary at the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Bhim Upathyaya claimed that Melamchi water would be supplied to Kathmandu denizens by October even though digging is behind the schedule “Tunnel construction would gain pace as new technology to bore the tunnel arrives.”

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