Mega pro­ject con­clud­ing, Me­lam­chi water run­ning off the taps soon in cap­i­tal


As the much awaited multi-mil­lion dol­lar mega pro­ject -- Me­lam­chi Water Sup­ply Pro­ject (MWSP) is com­ing to com­ple­tion, the domi­cile of Kath­mandu Val­ley are all set to quench their thirst by Oc­to­ber this year. The gov­ern­ment has made pub­lic a plan of action and sched­ule for the sup­ply of water to the house­holds of cap­i­tal city by De­cem­ber. Kath­mandu Val­ley Water Sup­ply Com­mis­sion Plan was un­veiled by the Min­istry of Water Sup­ply and San­i­ta­tion and Pro­ject Im­ple­men­ta­tion Di­rec­torate at a Coun­try Port­fo­lio Re­view Meet­ing (CPRM) of Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) sup­ported projects last If things go ac­cord­ing to plan, a 26kilo­me­ter tun­nel will be com­pleted to carry 170 mil­lion liters of water per day from the Me­lam­chi River to the Sun­dar­i­jal Water Treat­ment Plant by May 2018. The Sun­dar­i­jal Water Treat­ment Plant re­ceives raw water from the Me­lam­chi River in the month of June and treated water will flow from the treat­ment plant to large stor­age tanks si­t­u­ated at the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions of the Kath­mandu Val­ley from July. Fi­nally the water from those large stor­age tanks will be avail­able for test­ing and sup­ply of Kath­mandu Upatyaka Khanepani Lim­ited (KUKL) cus­tomers through the ex­ist­ing and new net­work from Oc­to­ber, 2018. So far eleven large stor­age tanks in the val­ley have been con­structed and they are al­most ready to house water. These large stor­age tanks are si­t­u­ated in Arubari, Ma­hankal, Bans­bari, Balaju, Pa­nipokhari, Anam­na­gar, Minbhawan, Kir­tipur, Khu­mal­tar and Ti­gani and Katunje of Bhak­ta­pur. The MWSP was es­ti­mated to cost 464 mil­lion US dol­lars in 2000 prices. ADB is the largest part­ner of this flag­ship pro­ject. The other in­vestors of the pro­ject are Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA), Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Petroleum Ex­port­ing Coun­tries (OPEC), and Nordic De­vel­op­ment Fund (NDF) in­clud­ing the Gov­ern­ment of Nepal. Record high achieve­ment in ADB­sup­ported projects

De­spite mul­ti­ple chal­lenges, the de­vel­op­ment projects sup­ported by the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) have per­formed well in terms of con­tract award and dis­burse­ment in the year 2017. The con­tract award achieve­ment has reached 82 per­cent amount­ing 435.9 mil­lion US dol­lars and dis­burse­ment was to the tune of 298 mil­lion US dol­lars, which is a record high achieve­ment. In course of CPRP, var­i­ous projects were awarded for their ex­cel­lent per­for­mance. Com­mu­nity Ir­ri­ga­tion Pro­ject, Road Con­nec­tiv­ity Pro­ject and Bag­mati River Basin Im­prove­ment Pro­ject bagged best pro­ject man­age­ment award while best pro­ject team award on the ba­sis of pro­cure­ment process was be­stowed to Earth­quake Emer­gency As­sis­tance Pro­ject, Power Trans­mis­sion and Dis­tri­bu­tion Ef­fi­ciency En­hance­ment Pro­ject and SASEC Power Sys­tem Ex­pan­sion Pro­ject. Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Shankar Prasad Ad­hikari ex­pressed com­mit­ment that there would be no de­lay in timely re­lease of bud­get and fa­cil­i­ta­tion through flex­i­ble ar­range­ment in the ex­pen­di­ture man­age­ment. He ap­pealed to all pro­ject teams to pre­pare a more re­al­is­tic pro­jec­tion of bud­get in­cor­po­rat­ing coun­ter­part fund and its ra­tio­nal al­lo­ca­tion for trimester spend­ing for the fis­cal 2018-2019.He ap­prised that as per the con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sions, new projects would be de­vel­oped by the re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments in their de­lin­eated scope of work from next fis­cal year. He was re­fer­ring to fed­eral struc­ture that Nepal has em­barked on. High­light­ing the chal­lenges fac­ing Nepal in terms of smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of de­vel­op­ment projects, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of ADB for South Asia Di­wesh Sha­ran un­der­scored fur­ther im­prove­ments in pro­cure­ment doc­u­ments and eval­u­a­tion scru­tiny, strin­gent con­tract man­age­ment to con­tain im­ple­men­ta­tion and fidu­ciary risks, and sound safe­guard man­age­ment, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, con­ti­nu­ity of pro­ject di­rec­tors and timely re­lease pro­ject bud­get. "Nepal is un­der­go­ing state re­struc­tur­ing with fed­er­al­iza­tion un­der­way and newly elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives at cen­tral, pro­vin­cial and lo­cal lev­els; projects are re­spond­ing to these changes," he said, adding that ADB was pleased to note gov­ern­ment direc­tive that for on-go­ing projects, fund flow and in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ments will re­main the same. Hint­ing at the im­ped­i­ments caused by fre­quent trans­fer of pro­ject di­rec­tors he said, "We also hope that there will be no change in the pro­ject di­rec­tors due to the on­go­ing state re­struc­tur­ing process. New projects will be de­signed un­der the new im­ple­men­ta­tion struc­tures" More­over, ADB Coun­try Di­rec­tor Mukhtor Khamud­khnov said with the re­cent im­prove­ment in im­ple­men­ta­tion of ADB's port­fo­lio in 2016 and 2017, ADB was com­mit­ting more re­sources to Nepal. "The ap­proved loan has in­creased from an an­nual av­er­age of around 300 mil­lion US dol­lar per year dur­ing 2014-2016 to 421 mil­lion US dol­lar in 2017. The re­source en­ve­lope in 2019 and be­yond will de­pend on coun­try per­for­mance as­sess­ment and port­fo­lio per­for­mance," he stated. He also in­formed that many of the on­go­ing and pro­grammed projects sup­ported by ADB were im­ple­mented at the lo­cal lev­els, with the es­tab­lish­ments of the lo­cal gov­ern­ments; ADB had be­gun to con­sult closely with them on rel­e­vant projects to de­ter­mine their pri­or­i­ties and ca­pac­ity. of

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