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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.


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