At Ambathan, Melamchi Project intake was under observation.
Sindhupalchowk: Today, Minister of Water Supply Umakant Chaudhary visited the Melamchi Water Supply Project’s main audit gate in Ambathan, Helambu.
Minister Chaudhary announced that the monsoon season was about to begin and that he had arrived with specialists and other officials to ensure that water supply facilities were not harmed as they had been in the past. According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, specialists, and staff, water in the project’s tunnel would be diverted to the rivulet, and the tunnel’s audit gate would be closed at any time.
He directed the parties involved to take steps to control the landslide near the gate by diverting water and, in collaboration with the local administration, relocating four residences above the site that are at risk of landslide to a safer place.
Minister Chaudhary further stated that he was willing to meet the contractor’s reasonable expectations, including payment issues. He also stated that the budget for social uplift would be decided in a day or two.
He said a call for tender had been issued for supplying 50 million litres of water per day from the Bagmati River as a temporary replacement for Melamchi, and that the government had devised a plan to avoid a water shortage for the capital’s residents by managing an additional 50 million litres of water from underground sources.
According to the water supply ministry, a research is being carried out to deliver water from the rivulets of Sisneri, Thosne, and Mahadevkhola.