With the new deadline coming closer, Melamchi Drinking water project extended its fresh deadline of the completion of the tunnel by November.
According to a report published in The Himalayan times, with only 1987.5 meters of the 27584.5-metre tunnel remaining to be excavated, Melamchi Water Supply Development Board has said it would complete tunnel excavation work by November.
According to the board, the contractor has assured MWSDB that tunnel excavation work would be completed by November.
The Himalayan Times quoted Deputy Executive Director at MWSDB Ramakanta Duwadi saying the weak rock formation had delayed tunnel excavation. The board said of the remaining 1987.5 meters, approximately 1,000 meters at Gyalthum-Ambathan stretch and about 900 meters at Sindhu-Gyalthum has yet to be excavated. As the project missed the target of completing the tunnel excavation by July, it is almost certain to miss the deadline for supplying water to Kathmandu Valley by October.
Though MWSDB has not set any official deadline for supplying water, it may take another six months for the project to begin supplying water to Kathmandu Valley. The board said the contractor had said that it would take another three months to begin water supply after completion of tunnel excavation work.
The Melamchi project’s first deadline expired in 2007 and second deadline in 2016. On April 3 this year, the deadline was extended to October 2017.