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More water for Kathmandu Valley

The existing water distribution system of the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has started supplying an additional 30 million litres of water per day (five days a week) in the Kathmandu Valley from August 18, 2018. This encouraging development comes at a time when the government is gearing up to supply Melamchi water, to be treated at the water treatment plant (WTP) in Sundarijal, to Kathmandu Valley denizens before this Dashain through a new distribution system.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Minister for Water Supply Beena Magar jointly fed the additional water, brought from the Bagmati river after treatment at the WTP in Sundarijal, into the existing distribution system at the KUKL branch office in Mahankalchaur at a ceremony attended by officials from the Ministry of Water Supply, subordinate agencies associated with the Melamchi Water Supply Project, journalists and members of the general public.

The additional amount of water will provide immediate relief to valley denizens at a time when the 27.6-km Melamchi Tunnel, which will convey water from the Melamchi river to the Sundarijal WTP, is nearing completion. KUKL-Project Implementation Directorate (PID) is working with the aim of supplying Melamchi water in the valley through a new distribution system after Melamchi water comes to the Sundarijal WTP upon completion of the tunnel.

As part of this preparation, PID is gradually commissioning the Bulk Distribution System (BDS) pipeline, which is a vital component of the new distribution system. It has already conducted flushing of the 11.05-km-long Sundarijal-Dhobikhola BDS section and plans to gradually flush and disinfect the remaining BDS sections before moving on to smaller pipelines.

Press conference about Melamchi Project progress

Project Implementation Directorate organised a press conference at the PID Hall, Anamnagar, on September 21, 2018. On the occasion, PID Deputy Project Director and Spokesperson Divakar Prasad Dhakal responded to questions from journalists and provided information about the status of construction of water supply and wastewater management infrastructure under Melamchi Subproject-02 as well as increase in the supply of drinking water with the feeding of fully treated Bagmati water into the existing distribution system.

ADB officials: There should be no compromise on quality of Melamchi project work

 

ADB officials on November 1, 2017 visited the Balaju service reservoir tank as part of inspection of components of the Melamchi water supply project, together with PID officials, the contractor's and consultant's representatives. PID project director Tiresh Prasad Khatri, deputy project directors Himesh Anand Vaidhya and Divakar Prasad Dhakal, and Design and Supervision Consultant-5’s deputy team leader, engineer Nanda Bahadur Khanal, informed ADB officials about the status of construction work.

The ADB officials participating in the visit included Diwesh N Sharan, deputy director general, Office of the Director General at ADB’s South Asia Department; Mukhtor Khamudkhanov, country director, ADB Nepal; and Vivian Castro-Wooldridge, ADB’s urban development specialist (South Asia).

At a press briefing after the field visit, Sharan said though there is pressure for early completion of the Melamchi project, there should be no compromise on the quality of work.
Khamudkhanov said PID should closely monitor construction works. He stressed the need for interagency coordination. He said the project work needs to be completed on time, but there should be no compromise on quality of work. 

Castro-Wooldridge highlighted ADB’s role as a knowledge and development partner. She pointed the need to complete project works in a phased manner and added that ADB is committed to providing financial support for the project.

Experts mull over Melamchi project risks

 

Kathmandu, October 29, 2017 
Under Melamchi Water Supply Project, the 27 km Tunnel, a Reservoir with 85 MLD water holding capacity at Sundarijal, the Bulk Distribution System (BDS) including 9 Service Reservoirs each with 50 cu.m capacity, 700 km Distribution Network Improvement (DNIs), and 85,000 taps connection are fast reaching their completion stage. As responsibilities of execution and operation are divided across a range of stakeholders, a thoughtful synchronization of key activities will be the key for the Project’s success.

A one-day workshop on risk management was organized by the Project Implementation Directorate on October 27, 2017 at Gokarna Forest Resort. The objective of the workshop was to (a) jointly assess and prioritize the inherent risks, and (b) start a process for the preparation of risk management plan for smooth commissioning of the Melamchi Project to ensure that water flows from the headworks to the citizens’ taps.

Participated by more than 40 sector professionals representing the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation, Melamchi Water Supply Development Board, PID, KUKL, ADB, consultants and contractors, among others, the meeting jointly looked at the inherent emerging and future risks at different components of the Project such as the Source, Melamchi Tunnel, Water Treatment Plant, Bulk Distribution System and Service Reservoir Tanks, Distribution Network Improvement, Institutional and Management Readiness of KUKL including associated interface issues.

The workshop came up with a preliminary risk assessment and management plan to be finalized in the coming weeks, including an institutional structure to coordinate the plan implementation in a coherent and harmonized manner.

Coordination meeting with KMC

Project Implementation Directorate organised a coordination meeting with Kathmandu Metropolitan City and KUKL at KMC office, on October 23, 2017. The meeting held in the presence of Kathmandu Mayor Vidhya Sundar Shakya, PID Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri and KUKL General Manager Mahesh, among others, decided to prepare a detailed survey and design within four months for improving sewer management system in the Kathmandu Valley.

Narayan Gopal's statue removed for construction work

Kathmandu: The statue of Swar Samrat Narayan Gopal located at Narayan Gopal Chok, Maharajgunj, has been removed for the time being to facilitate water pipeline installation, in coordination with locals and concerned authorities. The statue of the music maestro will be reinstalled as per the design of ward authorities and in coordination with traffic police after completion of pipeline installation works.

ADB NRM acknowledges KVWSIP's performance

 

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Nepal Resident Mission has acknowledged the performance of the project implemented by Project Implementation Directorate/Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (PID/KUKL). In a written letter to Finance Secretary Mr. Shanta Raj Subedi dated 12 January 2017, ADB mission stated that, "We would like to thank project directors/managers, relevant department and ministries for their strong leadership to address project implementation issues and enhance overall portfolio performance. We also recognize outstanding performance with dynamic and capable leadership, especially, in Melamchi Water Supply Project and Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Improvement Project (KVWSIP)."

PID/KUKL has fully mobilized its strength to accomplish the activities designed under project KVWSIP that aims to install new distribution network within Kathmandu Valley for the proportional distribution of water comes from Melamchi Drinking Water Project. Currently, the project is working in more than 40 sites of Kathmandu Valley where more than 1200 workers and technical/social staffs are mobilized round the clock.

The acknowledgement made by ADB NRM has enhanced the moral of entire dedicated team members of PID/KUKL including all especially consultants, contractors for their untiring efforts. Similarly, PID/KUKL expresses sincere thanks to all community people, TLO members, Utility Operators and media people who have provided valuable comments, feedbacks and supports in implementation of the project activities. We are expecting continuous support and cooperation from the stakeholders in coming days to accomplish our given responsibility. We believe, this acknowledgement will inspire each members of the team to work hard in coming days for the completion of large scale project like Melamchi Sub-project 2.

Interaction with MPs on Progress and Obstacles of Melamchi Water Supply Project

 

मेलम्ची आयोजना बारे सांसदहरुसँग अन्तक्र्रिया 
काठमाण्डौं, २२ पुुष

चीर प्रतिक्षित मेलम्ची आयोजनाकोको विभिन्न पक्षबारे काठमाडौं उपत्यकाका सांसदहरु र आयोजना कार्यान्वयनमा सरिक निकायहरुका बीच शुुक्रबार अन्तक्र्रिया सम्पन्न भयो । आयोजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालय, काठमाडौ उपत्यका खानेपानी लिमिटेडको आयोजनामा सम्पन्न कार्यक्रममा उपत्यकाका २१ जना सांसदहरु सहभागी हुनुहुन्थ्यो । 

यस क्रममा उपत्यकामा पानी वितरण तथा मेलम्ची आयोजनाका विभिन्न पक्षहरुका बारेमा छलफल भएको थियो । कार्यक्रममा काठमाडौ उपत्यका खानेपानी व्यवस्थापन बोर्डका कार्यकारी निर्देशक सञ्जीव विक्रम राणा, मेलम्ची खानेपानी विकास समितिका कार्यकारी निर्देशक घनश्याम भट्टराई, आयोजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालयका उप निर्देशक अनिल भद्र खनाल तथा केयुुकेएलका महाप्रबन्धक महेश भट्टराईले विभिन्न आयोजना र पानी वितरणका विभिन्न पक्षबारेमा जानकारी गराउनुुभयो ।

आउँदो २०७४ असोजभित्र मेलम्चीको पानी उपत्यकामा भित्र्याउने लक्ष्यसाथ काम भइरहेको छ । यसका लागि आवश्यक संरचनाहरुको निर्माण जोडतोडले भइरहेको छ । मेलम्चीको पानी सुन्दरीजलमा प्रसोधनका लागि निर्माणाधीन पानी प्रसोधन केन्द्रको कार्य पनि हाल ९६ प्रतिशत सकिएको छ । आायोजनाले मेलम्चीको पानी उपत्यकामा आउनु अगावै आगामी वर्षात्मा बाग्मतीको पानी सुन्दरीजलबाट नयाँ प्रणालीमा पठाएर परीक्षण गर्ने भएको छ । यसका लागि सबै तयारीहरु भइरहेको छ ।

उपत्यका भित्र पाइपलाइन विस्तार गरिरहेको आयोजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालयले वितरण प्रणाली संजाल सुधार कार्य अन्तर्गत कूल ६७० कि।मि मध्ये हाल सम्म ४८६।२९८ कि।मि सम्पन्न गरेको छ । त्यसैगरी थोक वितरण प्रणाली निर्माण कार्य तर्फ कूल ६०।६ कि।मि मध्ये हाल सम्म ३५।०२१ कि।मि सम्पन्न गरेको जानकारी गराएको छ । पानी पोखरी निर्माण कार्य तर्फ ६ वटा, कूल क्षमता ५०,००० घ।मी क्षमताका पोखरीहरुको निर्माण कार्य ७० प्रतिशत सम्पन्न भइसकेको छ । ती प्रणालीहरु आगामी असोज अगावै पुरा गर्ने तयारीमा कार्य भइरहेको छ । मेलम्चीको पानी नयाँ प्रणालीबाट घर घरमा वितरणका लागि कूल ८३,५७३ घरधुरीमा धारा जडान गर्नुपर्नेमा हालसम्म ३२,८७३ घरमा धारा जडान भइसकेको छ ।

कार्यक्रममा सांसदहरुले काठमाडौंमा पानी वितरणका विभिन्न पक्षहरुका बारेमा प्रश्न राख्नुुभएको थियो। अन्तक्र्रियाको क्रममा सांसदहरुले काठमाडौको चक्रपथ भित्र मात्र पानी वितरण नगरेर चक्रपथ बाहिरका क्षेत्रलाई पनि ध्यानमा राख्न आग्रह गर्नुभयो । उहाँहरुले मेलम्चीको पानीले उपत्यकाको पानी आपूर्ति पूर्ण रुपमा समाधान हुने नहुने बारेमा पनि जिज्ञासा राख्नुुभएको थियो । सांसदहरुले उठाएका प्रश्नका बारेमा प्रस्तोताहरुले जवाफ दिनुुभएको थियो । 

कार्यक्रमका सभापति खानेपानी तथा सरसफाइ राज्यमन्त्री दिपक खड्काले मेलम्ची आयोजनालाई चाँडो सम्पन्न गर्न हरसम्भव प्रयास गर्ने बताउनुुभयो  आयोजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालयका आयोजना निर्देशक तिरेश प्रसाद खत्रीले पाइपलाइनको कार्य गर्दा बढिरहेको धुलो नियन्त्रण गर्न विभिन्न कार्यहरु सुरु गरिएको बताउँदै खनिएको क्षेत्रमा तीन दिनभित्र अस्थायी रुपमै भएपनि सडक पुनर्स्थापनाको कार्य गरिन थालेको बताउनुुभयो ।

State Minister's Visit

खानेपानी तथा सरसफाइ राज्यमन्त्री दीपक खड्काले अाज साेमबार (११ पुष) अायाेजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालयकाे कार्यप्रगति बारे जानकारी लिनुभयाे । त्यस अवसरमा मन्त्रालयका सचिव भीम प्रसाद उपाध्याय तथा केयुकेएलका महाप्रबन्धक डा. महेश भट्टराइ पनि हुनुहुन्थ्याे । राज्यमन्त्री खड्कालाइ निर्देशनालयले गरिरहेका कार्यहरूको बारेमा अायाेजना निर्देशक तिरेश प्रसाद खत्रीले प्रस्तुति मार्फत जानकारी गराउनुभयाे । संक्षिप्त छलफलपछि राज्यमन्त्री खड्काले अायाेजनाकाे कामलाइ चुस्त र प्रभावकारी बनाउनुपर्ने बताउनुभयाे ।

MPs Observation Visit

 

17 November 2016. The Development Committee Members of the Legislature-Parliament (LP) have expressed satisfaction over the progress of much-awaited Melamchi Drinking Water Project.

The Committee has expressed this view after the observation visit of several construction sites being implemented by Project Implementation Directorate-PID/KUKL in an attempt to improve the existing distribution system within Kathmandu Valley.

The team led by President of Development Committee Mr. RabindraAdhikari visited Bulk Distribution System (BDS), Distribution Network Improvement (DNI), Service Reservoir Tanks (SRT) and Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and discussed about the progress of these systems and obtained the information about challenges and obstacles encountered by the project team.

The observation visit kicked off with project briefing at Committee Secretariat, Singha Durbar. During briefing session, Mr. Anil Bhadra Khanal, Deputy Project Director of PID presented the latest progress and informed the parliament members about the most difficult road sections where the supply network need to be established to supply the Melamchi water in Valley. Chabahil-Gaushala, Maharajgunj-Lagimpat-Tripureswor, Baneswor-Maitighar are some of the busy road sections where pipe laying works need to be carried out. Mr. Khanal also informed that PID has been working at night time also to minimize the disturbance caused by the pipe line work and has been working sincerely to reinstate the road as soon as possible.

Following short briefing, the team visited Tundikhel BDS site (Army compound) and observed the ongoing works. Similarly, the team observed DNI works at Kupandol and Shantinagar and obtained the information of progress and challenges. The team also observed the SRT at Khulamtar, Lalitpur which is designed to supply the water for Lalitpur and Koteswor area. The SRT has 9.5 million/l storage capacity which is almost completed. The team also observed BDS sites at TIA and Tilganga area and discussed with project team and contractors about progress.

The Parliament Members also inspected the WTP and Tunnel at Sundarijal, was briefed by Mr. Rama Kanta Dawadi, Deputy Executive Director of Melamchi Water Development Board. Mr. Dawadi informed the MPs that the construction of WTP with the capacity of 85m/l is almost completed. ''We have already completed 95% of the work of WTP and the remaining works will be completed before the completion of tunnel," he said.

Mr. Divas Shrestha, Resident Engineer of the Melamchi Project informed about the progress of tunnel on the occasion. Out of 27.7 km tunnel works, the project has completed the construction of 21.24km.

Following observation, President of Development Committee of LP, Mr. Rabindra Adhikari expressed his satisfaction over the progress made by PID for distribution system. "This is long awaited priority project which is most essential for the water supply in Valley, so we would like to encourage you to complete it as early as possible" Said Mr. Adhikari. He also made commitment with project team that the committee is ready to facilitate the problems, if any. He also announced that the committee in coming days will issue directives to the concern government ministry to award the contractors, if they complete the assignment before the stipulated time.

Project Director of PID Mr. Tiresh Prasad Khatri gave vote of thanks to the parliamentarians for their support and encouraging presence in the visit. "We have been working with strong commitment to supply water to the households in scientific and proportional manner. However there are many obstacles in establishing new supply network" he further said. "We are confident that we could manage the water coming from Melamchi project after 11 months for which we have been mobilizing our team round the clock".

MoU Between PID and DoR

Director General of Department of Road Madhab Kumar Karki and Director of Project Implementation Directorate Tiresh Prasad Khatri Signed MoU to reinstate road after pipe laying work for Melamchi Water project 

Melamchi Phase 2: ADB inspects vital infra

: Melamchi – Phase 2 in focus: ADB inspects vital infra Kathmandu, September 13, 2017 A review mission of the PPTA inspected different components of the Melamchi Water Supply Project on September 12, 2017. ADB NRM officials, accompanied by PPTA consultants and PID consultants, visited a number of places along the alignment of proposed Second Transmission Main (BDS-05) meant to supply 340 million litres of water per day to the Kathmandu Valley from Yangri and Larke rivers, increasing further the capacity of MWSP – Phase 1 (170 MLD). The team visited vital components of the project, including Chuchhepati Bifurcation Point, Gokarna Junction, Kolmati Junction and Sundarijal Water Treatment Plant.

Mulling over Melamchi risk reduction plan

Kathmandu

The Project Implementation Directorate organized a brainstorming session on the Melamchi Water Supply Project, in Kathmandu, on September 12, 2017, amid preparations to augment the flow to the Melamchi river by channelizing water from the Yangri and Larke rivers in view of increasing demand for drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley with assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

The participants included Secretary at the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation Krishna Raj BC, Joint-secretary at the ministry Anil Bhadra Khanal, PID Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri, Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board’s Sanjeev Bikram Rana, Melamchi Water Supply Development Board’s Executive Director Ram Chandra Devkota, KUKL General Manager Mahesh Bhattarai, consultants’ representatives, ADB consultants Suman Sharma and Sanjay Adhikari as well as officials from ADB Nepal Resident Mission and Project Preparatory Technical Assistance.  

Agendas and decisions

Addressing the session, PID Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri outlined the agendas for the session: Mitigation of risks associated with Melamchi project commissioning and stakeholders’ role in mitigation measures.

On the occasion, ADB consultants Sharma and Adhikari, and other participants outlined a number of potential risks associated with commissioning. They included possible risks at the source, mainly dwindling of discharge in the river due to climate change, contamination of the river resulting from the construction of an access road and development of the area as a picnic spot, management of increased expectations of Melamchi Valley people, toxic threat, problem in purifying the river water, lack of a consumption-based tariff structure that may bleed the KUKL and possible loss of credibility resulting from delays in the project. The meeting also pointed at lack of clarity on who will shoulder post-project responsibilities, namely regular repair and maintenance of structures like the tunnel and the road, who will regularly repair and maintain these structures and how often, after project handover. At the same time, Sharma and other participants raised a vital question: Who will check the system and how often? The stress was also on providing training to a core group of engineers to run the project efficiently under the supervision of seniors.

MWSDB Executive Director Devkota highlighted the need for watershed management, both in terms of quality and quantity. He also stressed the need to maintain social harmony with Melamchi valley people.

Speaking at the session, MWSS Secretary BC said it’s time for KUKL to deliver. He said this is the right time for the project to gain/lose credibility. “When will Melamchi water come to Kathmandu? This is the question that I often face. It’s a tough question, difficult to answer.” He pointed that the ministry does policy intervention when there are hurdles. Secretary BC urged the project team to share mitigation measures with experts and improve the document.

The meeting decided that all parties shall submit the risk management plan with solutions at appropriate time after discussions.

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