KATHMANDU, June 1: The Project Implementation Directorate under the Kathmand Upatyaka Khanepani Limited is to construct three water treatment plants to process filthy water flowing in the valley's river system.
The Directorate is building the water processing plants with the loan assistance of the Asian Development Bank and under its own water treatment plant reconstruction and expansion project.
Under the first phase, the Directorate is working in two packages-improvement and capacity enhancement of the existing water treatment plant at Guheshwari and building of the treatment plants at Sallaghari, Kodku and Dhobhighat areas.
The plant to be established at Sallaghari will have the capacity of processing 14.2 million litres of water on a daily basis, the plant at Kodku will process 17.5 litres and the pant to be set up at Dhobighat will have the capacity of treatment 37 million litres of water in a day . The plant to be built at Dhobighat is the largest among the three.
The Guheshowri Plant processes 34 million litres of water on a daily basis.
The responsibly of improving and adding a new water treatment plant at Guheshwari was given to Indian company last year.
Similarly, such responsibly has been given to Chinese company, Shanghai Safbon Water Service Company Limited to construct three more treatment plants.
The contract paper for the same was signed on 17th January this year. The contract paper has the provision of completing construction works of these three plants by 30 months. The total cost for the same is estimated six billion rupees.
A three-day seminar on latest achievement of water treatment has begun in the capital from today. Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation Jeevan Bahadur Shahi today inaugurated the seminar.
On the occasion, Minister Shahi said the workshop should not be limited only to formality, but focus on a campaign to clean rivers of Kathmandu valley. "I will closely monitor the results of the water treatment centre. The project work should have a good quality," he said.
In the event, papers on various subjects were presented by Executive Director of the Directorate Tiresh Prasad Khatri and resource persons Rajendra Prasad Bhattarai and Keshab Sharma. The papers would be reviewed after holding discussions for two days (today and tomorrow), said the Directorate. RSS