Nepal | July 13, 2020

Govt’s delay in selecting contractor hits Melamchi

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, August 27

Construction of remaining works of the Melamchi Water Supply Project is yet to begin as the government has not been able to finalise the contractor for the job.

Though the government had shortlisted Sinohydro China and a joint venture company High Himalayan Raman to complete remaining works of Melamchi Water Supply Project in mid-July, process to appoint new contractor has been stalled. This is because Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) blacklisted the latter contractor after a joint venture of Raman-Pappu Construction was found to be involved in numerous irregularities by flouting rules and regulations related to procurement and construction while building different projects.

Following this, the Melamchi Water Supply Development Board (MWSDB) had said the agreement would be signed with Sinohydro China to complete the remaining works at Melamchi Project. However, the board is yet to ink the pact, thereby deferring the construction works of the water project.

However, the board informed that the project agreement signing process with Sinohydro has been delayed due to some documentation process. “We are working on the documents for the agreement and planning to ink the agreement before Dashain if possible. If not, we will ink the agreement with the new contractor immediately after Dashain and give pace to construction of the Melamchi project,” informed Rajendra Panta, spokesperson for MWSDB.

As per MWSDB officials, Sinohydro had proposed to complete remaining works of Melamchi Project for almost Rs two billion, 25 per cent less that the proposal of High Himalayan Raman. Even if the government had not blacklisted Raman, the government was likely to award the contract for remaining works to Sinohydro.

Though almost 90 per cent of physical works of Melamchi Water Project has been completed, few works related to headwork and finishing are left, as per the board.

The fate of the water project has been in doubt since December last year after the Italian company, Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna, which was building the project, abandoned it. Moreover, failure of the government to give Melamchi Water Supply Project a proper and prompt direction has
delaying its completion.


A version of this article appears in print on August 28, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Sankhuwasabha district

Landslide sweeps 8 houses, 11 missing in Sankhuwasabha

BHOJPUR: Eight houses have been washed away in Sisuwakhola of Silichong Rural Municipality-1 while eleven persons are currently untraceable after being wiped out by a landslip in Sankhuwasabha district. Landslides and floods triggered by the incessant rainfall swept away the houses in Besinda vil Read More...

About 33pc recovered from Covid-19 in Sudurpaschim province

DHANGADHI: As many as 1,268 persons have recovered from Covid-19 in Sudurpaschim province so far. This is about 33 per cent of the total infected persons in the province. According to the provincial Ministry of Social Development, 3,758 persons have been infected with the novel coronavirus in the Read More...

World Council of Churches "dismayed" at Hagia Sophia shift

FRANKFURT: The head of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey's president expressing his “grief and dismay” over Turkey's decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. As a World Heritage museum, “Hagia Sophia has been a place of o Read More...

Sankhuwasabha

Sankhuwasabha landslide update: Four rescued alive, 11 still missing

BHOJPUR: As many as four persons that had gone missing along with 11 others, after a landslip swept them in Silichong Rural Municipality-1 of Sankhuwasabha district on Sunday morning, have been rescued. According to the police, they had gone missing after the landslide triggered by continuous dow Read More...

Koshi River's water continues to rise, crosses warning level

KATHMANDU: As monsoon rains persist, the water level of the Koshi River continues to increase, making threats of related disasters even more pronounced in the surrounding areas. The Flood Forecasting Section of the Meteorological Forecasting Division has issued an alert for Letang, Morang and Dha Read More...

UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

LONDON: Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a "golden era" in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem like a distant memory. H Read More...

Aishwarya Rai, Aaradhya's swabs test positive for Covid-19; Jaya Bachhan tests negative

KTAHMANDU: Former Miss World, actor Aishwarya Rai and her daughter Aaradhya have tested positive for Covid-19. However, providing some respite for Bachchan family, veteran actor Jaya Bachchan tested negative for the infection. Health Minister of Indian state of Maharashtra Rajesh Tope took to Twi Read More...

In Pictures: NSU cadres protest price hike on petroleum products

Kathmandu, July 12 Nepal Student Union caders stage protest, in Kathmandu, on Sunday, against recent price hike on petroleum products. Photo: Naresh Shrestha/THT Read More...