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Contractor directed to speed up construction of wastewater treatment plants

A high-level meeting on Project Performance and Issues regarding the Construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant at Sallaghari, Kodku/Balkumari, and Dhobighat was held between the Project Implementation Directorate/KUKL, Design Supervision Consultant (DSC-06) and the contractor Safbon Water Service (Holdings) Shanghai, China on May 24, 2019 at Kathmandu. The meeting focused on the low progress of the contract and the ways for expediting the progress.

At the meeting, the Consultants and Contractor's representatives briefed about the status of construction of the WWTPs and the issues to be discussed and resolved.

PID's Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri and Project Manager Surat Kumar Bam highlighted the objectives of the meeting requiring immediate attention and action by the contractor to speed up the pace of the construction works. The PD expressed serious concern for the low progress and advised the contractor to mobilize additional resources in order to complete the construction of WWTPs within the stipulated period. The contractor was also directed to improve the status of compliance of occupational health and safety standards as well as prepare site-specific environment management plans.

Project Officer Ms Vivian Castro-Wooldridge from Asian Development Bank participated in the meeting and expressed ADB’s concern for the slow progress and less disbursement.

The Representative from Contractor, Vice President, Ms Chen Lei expressed the commitment on-behalf of Safbon Water Service (Holdings) Shanghai to mobilize additional resources and complete the works.

The meeting concluded with the agreed action plan to be followed by all the parties.

Interaction on Process, Operation and Maintenance of Guheshwori WWTP

Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited, Project Implementation Directorate (PID) organized an interaction program on Process, Operation and Maintenance of Guheshwori Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), on March 25.  

Participants included Secretary of the Ministry of Water Supply Dipendra Nath Sharma, international wastewater expert Dr Rajendra Bhattarai, Joint Secretaries Tej Raj Bhatta and Anil Bhadra Khanal, General Manager of KUKL Dr Mahesh Bhattarai, Executive Director of Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board Dr Sanjeev Bickram Rana, Project Director of PID Tiresh Prasad Khatri, Deputy Project Director Milan Kumar Shakya, PID’s Project Manager Surat Kumar Bam, engineer Kishor Panthee and representatives of VA Tech WABAG, the contractor building the WWTP at Guheshwori.  

The issues raised during the interaction included environment-friendly aspects of the WWTP, sludge management, measures to make the WWTP safe for visitors, capacity enhancement of KUKL staff to make them able to operate the WWTP in future, energy generating capacity of the WWTP, additional power required to operate it, consequences of delays in the arrival of water from the Melamchi and how the discharge of 375 litres of water/sec treated at the WWTP will have positive impact on environmental flow of the Bagmati river downstream of Guheshwori.  

International expert Dr Bhattarai described the Guheshwori treatment plant as a ‘gold-plated treatment plant’ listing features like anaerobic digester, odor control and tertiary treatment. He pointed the need for KUKL to develop institutional capacity to operate the plant, as the contractor will hand it over after operating it for 10 years.

He also pointed the need for anti-corrosive measures at the plant.  Secretary Sharma said he will take initiatives for providing grant to KUKL till it adjusts water tariff, pointing that urban poverty should be taken into account during tariff adjustment. Sharma pointed that WWTPs under construction in the Kathmandu Valley will cover 40 per cent of the valley population in five years. Sharma highlighted the need to involve KUKL human resources from the construction phase of WWTPs to enhance their operational capabilities through knowledge/technology transfer.  He thanked the PID for organizing the program by looking into possible challenges in the operation of WWTP.

PID receives GESI and Environment+Social Compliance Awards

The Country Portfolio Review Meeting (CPRM) 2018 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) began in Kathmandu on March 8, 2019.

On the occasion, Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited, Project Implementation Directorate (PID) received ADB’s Exemplary Contribution Award (Gender Equality and Social Inclusion) as well as Exemplary Contribution Award (Environment and Social Compliance Monitoring). Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri received the awards on behalf of PID in the presence of Secretary of the Ministry of Water Supply Dipendra Nath Sharma, Deputy Director General of ADB/SARD Diwesh Sharan, ADB/NRM Country Director Mukhtor Khamudkhanov, ADB's Urban Development Specialist Vivian Casto-Wooldridge and other distinguished guests.

The CPRM, co-chaired by the Ministry of Finance and ADB and joined by the concerned line ministries of the Goverrnment, aims to i) assess the performance against key portfolio indicators in 2018; ii) review the status of implementation of all projects and programs with the concerned line ministries; iii) discuss sector and project specific issues affecting portfolio performance; iv) review the progress of agreed actions during the last portfolio review; v) review and agree on 2019 contract award and disbursement projections; and vi) prepare and agree on the comprehensive action plan for 2019.

फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रको निर्माण आरंभ गर्ने निर्णय

काठमाण्डौ उपत्यका खानेपानी लिमिटेड (KUKL), आयोजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालय र ललितपुर महानगरपालिका कार्यालयको संयुक्त आयोजनामा २०७५, फागुन ८ गते धोबीघाटमा निर्माण हुने आधुनिक, वातावरण–मैत्री फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्र सम्बन्धमा बैठक सम्पन्न भयो ।

महानगरपालिकाको सभा हलमा आयोजना गरिएको उक्त बैठकमा प्रतिनिधि–सभाका सांसद मा. पम्फा भुसाल, प्रदेश सभाका सांसद मा. जीवन खडका, ललितपुर महानगरपालिकाका मेयर चिरीबाबु महर्जन, उप–मेयर गीता सत्याल, ललितपुर जिल्लाका प्रमुख जिल्ला अधिकारी प्रेम राज जोशी, सुरक्षा निकायका प्रतिनिधि, KUKL का महा–प्रबन्धक महेश भट्टराइ, निर्देशनालयका आयोजना निर्देशक तिरेश प्रसाद खत्री, ललितपुर महानगरपालिका वडा नं ४ का अध्यक्ष नारायण केसी र स्थानीय सरोकार समितिका प्रतिनिधिहरू लगायतको उपस्थिति रहेको थियो ।

उक्त बैठकले निम्न निर्णयहरू गरेको छ ।

१. आयोजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालयले आजको मिति अर्थात् २०७५, फागुन ८ देखि ४ दिनभित्र फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्र निर्माणसम्बन्धी कार्यको तालिका बनाइ सम्बन्धित स्थानीय तह, ललितपुर महानगरपालिका कार्यालय तथा स्थानीय सरोकार समितिलाई उपलब्ध गराउनेछ । कार्यतालिकामा निर्माणस्थल वरिपरि पर्खाल र पार्क निर्माण लगायतका कार्यलाई पहिलो चरणमा राखिनेछ ।

२. निर्देशनालयले निर्माण कार्य शुरू गर्नु अगावै सम्बन्धित स्थानीय तहको रोहबरमा सरोकार समितिसँग प्रशोधन केन्द्रले स्थानीय समुदायलाई असर नगर्ने लिखित प्रतिबद्धता गर्नेछ र पर्खाल, पार्क लगायतको निर्माण कार्य मार्च १, २०१९ (फागुन १७, २०७५) देखि शुरू गर्नेछ ।

३. सरोकार समितिका सदस्यहरुले आधुनिक फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रका वातावरण-मैत्री पक्षहरुबारे जानकारी लिइ आश्वस्त हुन चाहेको र हाल देशभित्र त्यस्तो केन्द्र संचालनमा आइनसकेको परिप्रेक्ष्यमा निर्देशनालयले विदेश भ्रमणको लागि सम्बन्धित मन्त्रालयसँग आवश्यक पहल गर्नेछ । साथै गुह्येश्वरीस्थित प्रशोधन केन्द्र संचालनमा आइसकेपछि निर्देशनालयले सरोकार समितिका सदस्यहरुलाई अवलोकन भ्रमण गराउनका लागि पहल गर्नेछ ।

४. निर्देशनालयले हाल संचालनमा रहेको अफलडोल क्षेत्रको बाटो कालोपत्रे गर्ने मागका सम्बन्धमा पहल गर्नेछ ।

ADB review mission visits Melamchi Project construction sites

Kathmandu: An ADB review mission for Loan 2776: Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Improvement Project and Loan 3255: Additional Financing of Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Improvement Project inspected different Melamchi Project construction sites from January 24 to February 1, 2019.

The mission’s main objective was to review and discuss all aspects of project implementation progress and issues, with a focus on (i) readiness of PID and KUKL to receive Melamchi river water supply and commission and operate the new assets (ii) progress of the Sundarijal water treatment plant construction (iii) compliance with environmental safeguards and health and safety standards and (iv) project communications.

Mission members visited sites, including Durbarmarg, Jayanepal, Ghantaghar and Kuleshwor, and also held discussions with PID and other relevant officials.

ADB, PID officials inspect heritage sites at project area

Lalitpur: A team of officials from the Asian Development Bank, Department of Archaeology and the KUKL-Project Implementation Directorate (KUKL-PID) visited archaeological sites along the proposed Sewer Network-03 alignment’s Lagankhel-Shankhamul section on January 29, 2019.  

KUKL-PID and Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) had formally signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for a Combined Sewer Network Rehabilitation in core areas of Lalitpur Metropolis, on August 6, 2018. The project with an estimated cost of Rs 480 million is expected to address problems related to waterlogging and wastewater in core city areas of Lalitpur, including the Patan Durbar Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Kumaripati.

ADB mission members visit Melamchi Subproject-02 construction sites

A regular water supply and IED mission from the Asian Development Bank attended PID’s presentation on the status of safeguards at construction sites under Melamchi Water Supply Subproject-02, at PID Hall on January 28, 2019. The presentation covered topics such as safeguards assurance mechanism, status of compliance monitoring, new initiatives taken to further improve safeguards compliance at construction sites and good safeguards practices.

During the presentation, PID officials responded to questions coming from mission members, which were mainly related to Grievance Redress Mechanism and its working procedure, the process of land acquisition and compensation, among others.

Mission members also visited project sites, including Durbarmarg, Panipokhari, Tripureshwor, Teku and Kuleshwor with PID officials.

सम्माननीय प्रधानमन्त्रीद्वारा बालकुमारी फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रको शिलान्यास

सम्माननीय प्रधानमन्त्री के. पी. शर्मा ओलीज्यूले बालकुमारीमा निर्माण हुने फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रको शिलान्यास गर्नुभयो ।

पौष १९, २०७५ का दिन आयोजित उक्तकार्यक्रममा माननीय सांसदज्यूहरु, नेपाल सरकारका सचिवहरु, पूर्वसचिवहरु, मेलम्ची खानेपानी आयोजनासँग सम्बन्धित निकायहरुका पदाधिकारीहरु र निर्वाचित स्थानीय निकायका प्रतिनिधिहरु लगायतको उल्लेख्य उपस्थिति रहेको थियो ।

सम्माननीय प्रधानमन्त्रीले केही अन्योल देखिए पनि खानेपानी मन्त्रालय मेलम्ची खानेपानी आयोजनाको निर्माणमा तिब्रताका साथ अघि बढिरहेको बताउँदै रातदिन एक गरेर आयोजनाका लागि काम गर्ने सबैलाई धन्यवाद दिनुभयो ।

कार्यक्रमका प्रमुख अतिथि प्रधानमन्त्री ओलीले मेलम्ची आयोजना अन्तर्गत यांग्री र लार्के खोलाको पानी उपत्यकामा ल्याउनका लागि अझ द्रुत गतिमा काम गर्न आयोजना निर्माणमा संलग्न निकायहरू र निर्माण कम्पनीहरूलाई निर्देशन दिनुभयो । उहाँले वाग्मती नदीको अवस्थामा सुधार ल्याउन सरकार प्रतिबद्ध रहेको बताउनुभयो । हामी सक्छौँ भन्ने भावना लिइ काम गर्न सबैलाई आग्रह गर्दै फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रहरूको निर्माण र संचालनमा सम्बद्ध विदेशी कम्पनीहरूबाट आवश्यक सिप सिकी नेपालीहरू नै जतिसक्दो छिटो ती केन्द्रहरू संचालन गर्न तयार हुनुपर्नेमा जोड दिनुभयो ।

कार्यक्रमलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै कार्यक्रमका विशेष अतिथि माननीय खानेपानी मन्त्री बिना मगरज्यूले वाग्मती नदीलाई सफा बनाउने प्रतिबद्धता व्यक्त गर्नुभयो । पानीका मुहानहरूलाई सफा राखेर मात्रै मानव जीवनलाई स्वस्थ र सुन्दर बनाउन सकिन्छ भन्दै उहाँले भन्नुभयोः हामीले वाग्मती नदीलाई प्राकृतिक स्वरूपमा फर्काउने अभियानको थालनी गरेका छौँ । यहाँहरू सबैको सकारात्मक चासो र हातेमालोकै कारण आज हामी वाग्मतीको पानी प्रशोधन गर्ने ऐतिहासिक दिनसम्म आइपुगेका छौँ ।

वाग्मतीमा सफा पानी बग्न र वातावरणलाई स्वच्छ बनाउने अभियान अघि बढिेको बताउँदै माननीय मन्त्रीले पहिलो चरणमा गरिएको प्रशोधनले कोडकु क्षेत्रका ३ लाख ८० हजार, सल्लाघारी क्षेत्रका ४ लाख ५४ हजार, धोबीघाट क्षेत्रका २२ लाख ८ हजार गरी कुल ३० लाख ४४ हजार जनसंख्या लाभान्वित हुने बताउनुभयो ।

खानेपानी मन्त्रालय देशैभरि खानेपानीको पहुँचमा वृद्धि गर्नका लागि विभिन्न योजनाहरू बनाइ अघि बढिरहेको उहाँको भनाइ थियो ।

कार्यक्रमलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै आयोजना कार्यान्वयन निर्देशनालयका आयोजना निर्देशक तिरेश प्रसाद खत्रीले नदीहरूले धार परिवर्तन गर्दा फोहर पानी व्यवस्थापन प्रणाली निर्माणको क्रममा नदी किनारमा ढलका पाइपहरू बिछ्याउन कठिनाइ हुने गरेको बताउँदै यस सम्बन्धमा स्पष्ट कानूनको खाँचो औँल्याउनुभयो ।

निर्देशनालयको फोहर पानी व्यवस्थापन आयोजना अन्तर्गत निर्माण हुने अत्याधुनिक फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रहरूका विशेषताहरू उल्लेख गर्दै उहाँले ती प्रशोधन केन्द्रहरूमा जडित प्रविधिका कारण दुर्गन्ध नफैलिने बताउनुभयो । साथै ती प्रशोधन केन्द्रहरूको बाहिरी भागमा हरियाली कायम गरिने र त्यहाँ साइक्लिङ, योग, प्रातःकालीन भ्रमण गर्न सकिने जानकारी दिनुभयो । 
उहाँले ललितपुरका स्थानीय निकायबाट फोहर पानी व्यवस्थापन संरचनाहरूको निर्माणमा सहयोग प्राप्त भैरहेको उल्लेख गर्नुभयो ।

कार्यक्रममा सम्माननीय प्रधानमन्त्रीज्यूको उपस्थितिले आफूहरूलाई ऊर्जा दिएको बताउँदै आयोजना निर्देशक खत्रीले फोहर पानी व्यवस्थापन पूर्वाधारको निर्माणले संवृद्ध नेपाली, सुखी नेपालको सपना साकार पार्न बल मिल्ने विश्वास व्यक्त गर्नुभयो ।

प्रशोधन केन्द्रको शिलान्यास कार्यक्रममा बोल्दै ललितपुर महानगरका मेयर चिरीबाबु महर्जनले भन्नुभयोः राम्रो कामको थालनी भयो, शुभकामना । 
उहाँले प्रशोधन केन्द्रको निर्माण समयमै सम्पन्न हुने अपेक्षा गर्नुभयो । आफ्नो बाल्यकालमा कोडकु, वाग्मती लगायतका खोलाहरूमा कंचन पानी बग्ने गरेको र त्यहाँ आफूहरूले पौडी खेल्ने गरेको स्मरण गर्दै उहाँले भन्नुभयोः बुढेसकालमै भएपनि वाग्मतीमा पौडी खेल्न पाऊँ ।

निर्देशनालयलाई प्रशोधन केन्द्रको बाहिरी भागमा हरियाली कायम गरी, पार्क बनाइ केन्द्रको निर्माण गर्न शुरू गरेमा काम गर्न सजिलो हुने उहाँको सुझाव थियो । धोबीघाटमा निर्माण हुन लागेको फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रको उल्लेख गर्दैै उहाँले भन्नुभयोेः निर्देशनालयले राम्रो प्रयासको थालनी गर्यो, जनप्रतिनिधिको हैसियतले हामीहरूले पनि साथ दियौँ ।

निर्देशनालयका आयोजना प्रबन्धक सुरत कुमार बमले उपत्यकामा पानीको खपत भएपछि निष्कासन हुने फोहर पानी नगरपालिकाहरूको ढल प्रणालीमार्फत् सोझै नदी, खोलाहरूमा मिसिने गरेको बताउँदै गोकर्ण र हनुमानघाटमा ढल प्रशोधन गरी प्रशोधित पानी प्रवाहित गर्नका लागि विकेन्द्रित फोहर पानी प्रशोधन प्रणाली निर्माणको प्रस्ताव गरिएको जानकारी दिनुभयो । साथै फोहर पानी प्रशोधन गर्नका लागि गुह्येश्वरी, धोबीघाट, सल्लाघारी र बालकुमारीमा फोहर पानी प्रशोधन केन्द्रहरू निर्माणाधीन रहेको बताउनुभयो ।

उहाँले गुह्येश्वरी प्रशोधन केन्द्रको निर्माण ८० प्रतिशत पुरा भैसकेको जानकारी दिनुभयो । यी केन्द्रहरूमा ढल प्रशोधनका क्रममा बिजुलीका साथै ठोस फोहर उत्पन्न हुने र त्यसलाई मलको रूपमा प्रयोग गर्न सकिने उल्लेख गर्नुभयो । केन्द्रहरूबाट निस्कने प्रशोधित पानीको बहुआयामिक उपयोगमाथि प्रकाश पार्दै उहाँले त्यसलाई सिंचाइ र industrial cooling जस्ता प्रयोजनका लागि प्रयोग गर्न सकिन्छ भन्नुभयो । केन्द्रमा जडान हुने दुर्गन्ध न्युनीकरण इकाइका कारण दुर्गन्ध फैलिँदैन, उहाँले भन्नुभयोः सफा पानी नदीमा मिसिएपछि जैविक विविधता कायम गर्न मदत मिल्छ, पर्यटन प्रर्वद्धन गर्न सकिन्छ ।

कार्यक्रमको समापनका क्रममा खानेपानी मन्त्रालयका सचिव गजेन्द्र कुमार ठाकुरले मन्त्रालयले समयमै प्रशोधन केन्द्रको निर्माण सम्पन्न हुने अपेक्षा गरेको बताउनुभयो । उहाँले वायु, जल, माटो शुद्ध होस् भन्ने उद्देश्यका साथ मन्त्रालय अघि बढन चाहेको बताउनुभयो ।

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


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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