June 11: The Melamchi Water Supply Project will halt water supply to Kathmandu for two months starting from June 15
The Melamchi Water Supply Development Board made such announcement as the tunnel used for supplying water has to be emptied for inspection from June 15.
Issuing a press statement on Thursday (June 10), the board said it will take nearly two months for the inspection, including 16 days for emptying the tunnel. The board noted that it will take around 60 days for the inspection, testing, improvement and refilling. These tasks have to be done before the monsoon peaks, the statement added.
Executive Director of the board Ram Kumar Shrestha informed that the board has already alerted the locals of Melamchi, Sindhu and Gyalthum, especially those living in the downstream areas, to remain aware about increase in flow of water due to the emptying process. According to the board, water level in Melamchi as well as Bagmati rivers could rise during this process and has alerted one and all to stay away from those rivers from June 15. Furthermore, the statement urged the locals to remain highly vigilant if there is any urgent need to visit the areas that are likely to be affected during this process.
The Melamchi Waster Supply Project had brought much respite to the growing population of the valley who had been facing acute shortage of water since decades.
The project had diverted water from the Melamchi river to Kathmandu on February 22 for testing the project tunnel. The water from Melamchi had reached Sundarijal of Kathmandu 12 days after the test kicked off.
The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited had started distributing the water from Melamchi in the Kathmandu Valley from April 19.