CHITWAN, Jan 27: Construction of embankments has been started along the Narayani River. The embankment construction project is worth Rs 4.72 billion.
The tender for the first section of the project has already been announced while that for the remaining four sections would be called within the next two weeks, Director General of the Department of Irrigation, Sushil Chandra Acharya, said.
Acharya said that the first section of the project is 5.67 kilometers and falls in wards 26 and 27 of Bharatpur Metropolitan City.
Chief of the Narayani River Embankment Management Project, Rabindra Kumar Thapa said the tenders would be published in 10 to 12 days for the construction of all sections of the project.
The tender notice for the construction of the embankment in the Sisai area has been published first. He said the construction of embankments has been started to prevent any damage to the nearby settlements by the Narayani River in the Sisai area in the upcoming monsoon.
Senior Divisional Engineer of the project, Shivaji Sah said the embankment is being constructed by using big and small stones, wire mesh and concrete blocks. The embankment will be 3 to 4.5 meters high.
Metropolis Mayor Renu Dahal said the construction of the embankment would be carried out through a multi-year contract as the budget for it has been ensured from the Ministry of Finance.
A master plan has been prepared for river training and the embankment project. The Department of Irrigation has approved it and forwarded it to the Ministry of Finance.
The proposed cost for the construction of the embankment in Chitwan and Nawalparasi districts is Rs 23 billion 584 million 300 thousand.
The Narayani River has been causing floods every monsoon season in Bharatpur Metropolis in Chitwan and in Gaindakot, Devchuli, Kawasoti and Madhyabindu municipalities and Binaya Triveni Rural Municipality in Nawalparasi.
Embankment and spurs would be constructed on a 35 kilometers stretch in Chitwan and along a 57 kilometers stretch in Nawalparasi. The proposed cost of the project is Rs 9.55 billion for Chitwan and Rs 14.43 billion for Nawalparasi.
So far, 15 kilometers of embankment has been constructed in Chitwan and 11 kilometers of embankment in Nawalparasi.