Melamchi: 3.9 km remains to be dug

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KATHMANDU – Only 3.9 kilometers of the tunnel under the Melamchi Drinking Water Project remains to be dug.

Deputy Executive Director of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project Ramakanta Dawadi told Setopati that tunnel digging is gradually gathering pace.

According to Dawadi, the 3.9-km section of the tunnel is being dug at four different places, two each in the two-kilometer stretch from Sindhu to Gyalthum and 1.9-kilometer stretch from Gyalthum to Ambathan.

Weak rocks found in 1,100 meters of the Sindhu-Gyalthum section had earlier posed difficulties in digging.

“We have started to bring necessary equipment for digging the tunnel where weak rocks were found. Most of the required equipment have been brought,” Dawadi said, “We are making all efforts that we can for speeding up construction.”

Dawadi reiterated the promise of supplying Melamchi water by October as the contractor company has carried out works as per its commitment.

According to him, preparations are underway for expansion of the area for construction of infrastructure including building embankment at the source of Melamchi and construction of tanks for which a 98-meter high boulder has to be broken down. Dawadi said that only 14 meters of the boulder remain.

Pipeline for distribution of Melamchi water is being laid in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts.