House panel instructs govt to complete remaining tasks of Melamchi project

Published On: May 15, 2019 03:28 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 15: Development Committee of the Parliament on Wednesday instructed the government to complete the remaining tasks of the much-awaited Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project.

A meeting of the committee directed the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation to immediately complete the remaining tasks of the project.

"We have directed the ministry to complete the remaining tasks of the project as early as possible," committee president Kalyani Khadka said.

Similarly, the parliamentary panel has urged the ministry to prepare the fiscal year budget in line with the policy and programs of the government. The committee also directed the ministry to introduce a new law and policy on drinking water and sanitation.

"We have urged the government to properly manage the drinking water system and expedite the reconstruction of the water drinking projects," he said.

On the occasion, Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation Bina Magar vowed to expedite the pending works of the Melamchi Project. "The Council of Ministers will make decision to complete the pending works of the Melamchi Project soon," she said.

The Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project has been in limbo after its contractor Italian company CMC scrapped the deal with the government.  

While everyone in the Kathmandu Valley is eager to learn the fate of the project, the government seems to be totally clueless about the mega project.


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