KATHMANDU, April 2: Japan has said that it is pleased to see the successful completion of the Melamchi Water Supply Project that plans to distribute safe drinking water to the residents of the Kathmandu Valley.
The statement from Japan comes shortly after President Bidya Devi Bhandari formally inaugurated the distribution of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project amidst a special function held in Kathmandu on Friday.
Japan provided loan assistance of around 5,494 million Japanese Yen (equivalent to NPR 5,806 million) for the construction of the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Sundarijal. This is a crucial component of the overall project.
The Plant has the capacity to purify 85 million liters per day, which make clean water for Kathmandu residents to become free from keeping water in tanks at their homes, or fetching water from the communal wells when they need.
The Government of Japan signed an agreement on this loan with Nepal in March, 2001. The construction of the plant was completed in December 2017.
The Embassy of Japan in Nepal in a statement on Friday expressed hopes that the clean water from the Melamchi River would contribute to better health, improving daily lives and upgrading the standards of living of the residents of the Kathmandu Valley. “We hope that the successful completion of the project will further strengthen the relationship between Japan and Nepal, and the friendship of people in the two countries,” the embassy said.