KATHMANDU, May 31: The main gate of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project tunnel at Ambathan in Sindhupalchowk has been closed to avoid possible damages to the tunnel during the rainy season. With this, the water supply to Kathmandu from the Melamchi River in Helambu Rural Municipality of Sindhupalchowk has been stopped due to rain until further notice.

KATHMANDU, May 26: The supply of the much-awaited drinking water from the Melamchi Drinking Water Project in the households of Bhaktapur has begun since Wednesday afternoon. Currently, the drinking water tank at Katunje has been used to distribute drinking water to wards no. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Bhaktapur.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Preparations are underway to open the main gate of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project at Ambathan and inspect the tunnel, which was covered by debris due to flood and landslides that occurred on June 15 and July 30.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, March 16: Minister for Water Supply Umakanta Chaudhary instructed all agencies concerned to work in such a manner that the water from Melamchi Project could be supplied to Kathmandu Valley within mid-April this year.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Minister for Drinking Water, Umakant Chaudhary has said that the government is committed to bringing the water of Melamchi to Kathmandu within the stipulated time.

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: Minister for Water Supply, Uma Kant Chaudhary has pledged to restore the water supply from the Melamchi Drinking Water Project soon.

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Instead of rebuilding the much-talked-about Melamchi Drinking Water Project, which was damaged by the floods and landslides a few months ago, the government has put forward two new options. This has created confusion whether the project will be repaired anytime soon.

KATHMANDU, August 3: About 51 billion rupees investment in the Melamchi Drinking Water Project is at risk due to floods and landslides in the Melamchi river basin. The upper part of the headworks of the Ambathan-based project has been damaged due to continuous floods and landslides.

KATHMANDU, July 23: The government has prepared an action plan to start repairing the damaged Melamchi Drinking Water Project after two months.

KATHMANDU, June 3: As inspection of the tunnel is ongoing, distribution of water from the Melamchi Drinking Water Project in the Kathmandu Valley is not likely to happen for a month now. Currently, the entire tunnel of the Project is being emptied for the inspection.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Prime Minister K P Oli has announced to bring water from Yangri and Larke Rivers in Kathmandu within the next three years.

KATHMANDU, April 2: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday formally inaugurated the distribution of the much-anticipated drinking water supplied by the Melamchi Drinking Water Project in the Kathmandu Valley.

KATHMANDU, March 11: With the water from Melamchi arriving in Kathmandu, the capital residents are likely to get water at their households in a reliable manner starting March end.

“No technical errors in the tunnel have been reported so far.”

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: With the completion of tunnel construction, the Melamchi Drinking Water Project started testing its 22-Kilometer long water tunnel on Monday filling water in it.

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SINDHUPALCHOWK, Feb 22: The long-awaited Melamchi Drinking Water Project is set to start supplying drinking water in Kathmandu Valley within the next few months.

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Technical error has been blamed for the breakage of one of the sluice gates on the tunnel of the Melamchi Water Supply Project earlier last month.

KATHMANDU, June 24: With less than a month for the current fiscal year to come to an end, the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) has still 3% of its infrastructure construction work to be completed. This has once again posed challenges to the government's new deadline to complete the project that has already taken three decades.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Work is in progress at Sundarijal, the final point of the tunnel of the Melamchi Water Supply Project even with the passage of one month since the lockdown.

KATHMANDU, April 3: Laborers have started returning to work at the Melamchi water project following the government allows operation of big projects by meeting the stipulated health standards.

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SINDHUPALCHOWK, Sep 6: Although the government decided to award the contract to complete the remaining works of Melamchi Drinking Water Project to a Chinese firm after several months of indecision, the completion of the much-awaited project is likely to be delayed further as fresh protests have erupted at the construction site. Chinese firm Sino Hydro Company was awarded the contract after the Italian company abandoned the project halfway in November last year.

KATHMANDU, July 21: As Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli completes one and half years as head of government, he has little to show by way of progress in realizing the big promises he sold the people during the elections in 2017.

KATHMANDU, May 11: Arguing that some “invisible forces” within the country were involved in delaying completion of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project, ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the top leadership of the party is mulling a intervention from a high level to break the stalemate .

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: The government confiscated the passports of the eight foreign workers including the contractor of Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project Christiano Cruso involved in the construction of the project, on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Only seven out of the 21 national pride projects have achieved 50 percent or more progress although their completion deadlines are inching closer.