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Melamchi Water Flow Resumes from January 15 After Flood Repairs

January 14, 2024
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After months of waiting, Kathmandu residents will finally rejoice as the much-anticipated Melamchi Drinking Water Project resumes regular supply starting tomorrow, January 15th. Prior disruptions caused by flood damage in 2021 are a thing of the past, thanks to swift repairs and a determined effort by engineers and authorities.

“It’s like a New Year’s gift for Kathmandu,” declared Padam Bahadur Kunwar, Senior Divisional Engineer of the Melamchi project. He lauded the collaborative efforts of the Melamchi Drinking Water Development Committee and Sinohydro Corporation, who managed to complete water transfer within four days, surpassing the initial 28-day target.

With 170 million liters flowing daily, Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) is ready to quench the city’s thirst. “This marks a new chapter in water security for Kathmandu,” said Jakkie Ahmad Ansari, Project Director of the Development Committee.

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The journey wasn’t easy. Flood damage forced the closure of Ambathan Gate No. 21, Water Transfer Gate No. 9, and Gate No. 1. Fueled by the Minister’s commitment and round-the-clock efforts of over 45 workers and specialized machinery, repairs were completed swiftly.

Minister Mahendra Ray Yadav, who made three site visits to oversee progress, expressed his delight at the successful outcome. “This is a testament to the dedication of everyone involved,” he stated.

This resumption of the Melamchi water supply is not just about quenching thirst; it’s about improving health, hygiene, and quality of life for millions in Kathmandu. As the city celebrates this milestone, let’s acknowledge the tireless efforts that got them here, and look forward to a future with readily available, clean water for all.


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