KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Lawmakers have called for establishing an independent authority to handle all the works relating to drinking water supply and management.
At the meeting of Parliamentary Committee on Development and Technology on Thursday, Nepali Congress lawmaker Rajan KC urged the government to set up a new institution for the purpose of drinking water supply and management, merging all the concerned institutions working for the same.
“There are several authorities to handle the drinking water supply and management in major cities including Kathmandu, creating sort of confusions among the people. Therefore, it would be better setting up an independent authority to handle the issue," KC said.
Speaking at the meeting, another lawmaker Mahendra Ray Yadav questioned Minister for Drinking Water Bina Magar over the inordinate delay in the construction of required basic structures for drinking water supply and management. “Each year a certain amount of budget is allocated, however, no significant achievement has been made so far in this connection,” he argued.
The committee members held a discussion on a bill relating to the management of drinking water and sanitation tabled by the Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation in a bid to ease the drinking water supply, and drainage and waste management.