KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Citing a delay in the resumption of water supply through the Melamchi Drinking Water Project (MDWP), the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has stepped up efforts for alternative mechanism to supply an additional 10 million liters of water daily in the Kathmandu Valley.

SINDHUPALCHOK, OCT 17: The heavy rainfall on Saturday night damaged the temporary motorway that was built at Melamchi-Indrawati after the multiple floods since June 15 swept away the infrastructure in the area.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has announced that the Melamchi Drinking Water Project, which was damaged severely by the floods and landslides, will be repaired and water supply will be resumed by mid-April 2022.

KATHMANDU, August 22: Incessant rain in Sindhupalchowk district has put 34 homes in Melamchi Municipality-8 at the risk of landslides. The ongoing risk of landslides has put human settlements in the region at risk.

KATHMANDU, August 13: Floods started from the influence of Pemdang Stream and Melamchi Stream following the incessant rains on June 15 got blocked at one point of the Melamchi River and it turned more violent as it got mixed with landslide deposition, causing further river erosion. As a result, the Melamchi Bazaar and adjoining settlement suffered a significant loss, according to senior divisional geologist Baskota.

Sindhupalchowk, August 11: Melamchi Municipality has brought in five machines to take the Melamchi and Indrawati rivers back to their original courses. According to Mayor Dambar Aryal, the work to change the rivers’ courses will be completed in 10 days if everything goes as planned.

KATHMANDU, August 8: Former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expressed his dissatisfaction over the government’s failure to accelerate the work for providing relief supplies to flood and landslide victims of Melamchi in Sindhupalchowk.

KATHMANDU, August 7: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has requested the government to immediately relocate the flood and landslide victims of Melamchi and the locals of nearby settlements to safe places.

KATHMANDU, August 4: Reports have shown that there are multiple reasons behind devastating floods and landslides in Melamchi River.

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: The government will be sending a team to Melamchi for a comprehensive geological survey of the area.

KATHMANDU, August 1: Seventeen houses and huts in Helambu Rural Municipality and Melamchi Municipality of Sindhupalchowk were washed away by a flash flood in the Melamchi River last night.

KATHMANDU, August 1: A fresh flood has occurred in the Melamchi River yet again. Following incessant rain on Saturday, the flood struck the region on Sunday morning, sweeping away the ‘Rato Pul’ along with 12 houses and tarp settlements damaged by the previous floods.

KATHMANDU, July 19: Dreams of thousands of people of Helambu and Melamchi have been shattered by the devastating landslides and floods that occurred on July 15.

KATMANDU, June 29: The massive landslide in the Himalayas of Helambu Rural Municipality-1 of Sindhupalchowk district triggered a huge flash flood downstream that wiped away everything on its way on June 16.

SINDHUPALCHOK, June 23: A devastating flash flood triggered by a huge landslide in the Himalayas of Helambu, once a brimming city of Melamchi, is scrambling through the residue of the flood.

KATHMANDU, June 20: People's representatives of Melamchi Municipality-1, Sindhupalchowk have decided to contribute their one month's salary for the relief and rehabilitation fund meant for the flood survivors. A meeting of the representatives held on Saturday made a decision to this effect, according to ward chair Krishna Prasad Chaulagain.

KATHMANDU, June 18: Helambu Rural Municipality in Sindhupalchowk district is witnessing a heavy rainfall since this evening. This has increased the water level in the Melamchi River again to dangerous levels, leaving people living on the banks of the Melamchi River to stay awake.

If you can hold a meeting in the middle of the night and recommend to the President to dissolve parliament, why can't you pay a visit to the flood- and landslide-hit areas and announce relief, extend support and give hope to people in despair? What is stopping you?

KATHMANDU, June 16: Melamchi Municipality and Helambu Rural Municipality witnessed massive destruction due to floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall on Wednesday.

“You are not supposed to make false claims at such programs where you are never questioned.”

MELAMCHI, March 9: Reconstruction of the heritages as old temples and Buddhist monasteries is in limbo in Sindhupalchok district even as five years have passed since the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.

No fooling on Melamchi

February 16, 2020 12:02 pm

One major reason why Melamchi Drinking Water Project has become like a mirage for thirsty Kathmandu is because the political leaders in power have cared little to complete the project on time. We were told, months ago, that over 90 percent of the works have been completed and that it would take just a couple of months to get the water from Melamchi to the houses of residents of Kathmandu Valley.

MELAMCHI, Feb 13: An agreement has been inked with Panchpokhari Thangpal rural municipality in connection with implementing the Yangri Larke Project under the second phase of the Melamchi Water Supply Project.

Protests against project delays

November 17, 2019 09:17 am

One of the reasons why people are frustrated with the government is because the infrastructure projects launched by the government hardly ever get completed on time. Yes, there are exceptions. For example, the construction of 12.2-kilometer long tunnel Bheri-Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project was completed a year before the deadline and within the allocated budget in April this year. But other projects lie in limbo for years.

Last hope on Melamchi

October 1, 2019 02:30 am

The government has signed an agreement with Chinese contractor Sinohydro Corporation Limited to complete the remaining construction work of Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP).

KATHMANDU, Sept 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed his dissatisfaction against lack of publicity of good works carried out by the government.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24:Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has accused the government of engaging in a ‘shady deal’ while awarding the contract for Melamchi Water Supply Project to a Chinese contractor.

Prohibitory order in Melamchi area

September 7, 2019 12:50 pm

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Sept 7: The District Administration Office of Sindhupalchowk has issued an indefinite prohibitory order at Ambathan, Sindhu, Gyalthum Audit camp and Melamchi Drinking Water Project area to be effective from Friday evening given the agitation of the local contractors and labours.

KATHMANDU, Sept 4: The government on Wednesday has clarified that it could not pay the unsettled amount to the contractors who worked for Melamchi Drinking Water Project under Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti di Ravenna (CMC).

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: High Himalaya-Raman JV, which was selected for tunnel and dam construction of Melamchi Drinking Water Project, has been disqualified to work on the project due to blacklisting by the government's Public Procurement Monitoring Office.

MELAMCHI, July 27: The road leading to Charikot of Dolakha from Khadichaur of Sindhupalchowk is to be closed for three days for renovation and maintenance.

KATHMANDU, July 10: A high-level meeting of people's representatives has been held in Kathmandu at the initiative of the Ministry of Water Supply in a bid to expedite the much-awaited Melamchi drinking water project.

Woman dies after being hit by a bus

July 10, 2019 15:05 pm

MELAMCHI, July 10, A woman was killed today after being hit by a bus at Chanaute of Helambu Rural Municipality-7, Sindhupalchowk.

MELAMCHI, June 27: The task force formed to resume works of the Melamchi Water Supply Project has urged the project's agitating local contractors, workers and suppliers to claim their due amount within three days.

MELAMCHI, June 25: Local contractors have agreed to allow the contract winning company to work in Melamchi drinking water project on two conditions.

KATHMANDU, June 21: Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation, Bina Magar has said the first phase construction of the Melamchi Water Supply Project would be completed in the coming fiscal year and water distributed in the Kathmandu Valley.

MELAMCHI, June 17: The second phase works under Melamchi Drinking Water Project have begun. As part of this, the government has started pooling land that falls within the project coverage area.

KATHMANDU, June 16: Hundreds of people from different areas of the three districts of the capital valley - Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur - staged a protest at Thapathali chowk in Kathmandu on Saturday, demanding the completion of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) at the earliest.

KATHMANDU, June 10: It will take at least six months to bring water from Melamchi to Kathmandu if the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) awards the remaining tasks to a contractor through a new tender process within the next few weeks.

Why I tore off the book

June 8, 2019 00:25 am

When bizarre things happen, people in Nepal often tend to say ‘this is Nepal’ meaning that anything can happen here and nothing is impossible. This seems to hold true in many cases. This is Nepal and we still don’t seem to be politically stable. This is Nepal and so many political parties are here. This is Nepal and we still don’t have water from Melamchi.

SINDHUPALCHOK, June 4: Six months have elapsed since the Italian contractor Cooperative Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna has left the project work of Melamchi Drinking Water Project in Melamchi, Sindhupalchowk district but the workers and contractors related this project are yet to receive their payment thereby further enraging them.

KATHMANDU, May 30: The government has set a target to complete the remaining construction work of the Melamchi Water Supply Project within the upcoming fiscal year 2019/20.

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.

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, May 8: Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Sindhupalchok, Rupandehi and Tanahun districts on Tuesday night. Shur Bahadur Tamang, 65, of Indrawati-4 in Sindhupalchok died after falling off a running truck (Ba 4 Kha 7018) in Melamchi.

KATHMANDU, May 7: A board meeting of the Melamchi Development Committee two weeks ago decided to complete the remaining tasks of the project through fast track contracting and domestic civil contractors, but Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar has not yet tabled the proposal at the cabinet.

KATHMANDU, March 23: Parliamentary committees – supposed to be oversight agencies on government actions and inactions, anomalies and misappropriation – have so far failed to play any significant role in case of Melamchi Water Supply Project, which remains at deadlock.

As dry season approaches, water scarcity becomes one of the major concerns of millions of people living in the capital city Kathmandu every year.

KATHMANDU, March 11: The government has not been able to decide future course of Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) even though it has been nearly two and half months since CMC -- the Italian contractor -- abandoned the project site.

KATHMANDU, March 4: Melamchi Water Supply Development Board has already prepared contract documents for remaining works of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) after terminating contract with Italian contractor for tunnel and headworks – Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna – of the project.