Nepal | January 23, 2021

Melamchi project to be completed in 16 months

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
File photo of Melamchi Drinking Water project tunnel.

File photo of Melamchi Drinking Water project tunnel.

Kathmandu, May 29

The government has set a target to complete the Melamchi Drinking Water Project within 16 months by allocating Rs 5.98 billion for the project in the budget for fiscal year 2016/17.

The government has set the goal of ensuring access to drinking water for all within the next three years, and launched a project ‘Tarai Madhes Drinking Water Reform Programme’ to address the problem faced by 20 districts in Tarai that are deprived of clean drinking water.

Private drinking water suppliers in Kathmandu will be brought under strict legal scrutiny. The government has also pledged to monitor water supply system and quality levels through the budget.

In the context of poor management of the only zoo in the country in Jawalakhel, the government has introduced an ambitious plan to establishing a zoo in each of the proposed provinces.

Presenting the budget for 2016/17 yesterday, Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel said the government would introduce ‘One Province: One Zoo’ project to promote wildlife conservation, conservation education, and tourism.

The ambitious programme plans to establish a national zoo in Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur. This project was introduced in 2009, but the government has not been able to complete it. A budget of Rs 630 million has been allocated for the conservation of forests.

Similarly, a budget of Rs 1.88 billion has been allocated for the ‘President Chure Conservation Programme’, with an objective to extend the program to 26 districts. Similarly, Rs 380 million has been allocated for the development of community forests.

The government has set the target to extend scientific forest management projects from six to eleven districts, and a budget of Rs 630 million have been allocated for the development and management of national forests.

As incidents of forest fires have increased, the government has set a prize for those who control forest fires, and also declared that it would take strong action against people who start forest fires.


A version of this article appears in print on May 30, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

NOC provides employment to acid attack survivors

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 21 Oil Corporation has provided jobs to two women who survived acid attack. The NOC provided the job for one year under its corporate social responsibility. The beneficiaries are Pabitra Karki from Okhaldhunga and Basanti Pariyar from Nawalparasi. They were provided jobs Read More...

United Nations urged to tell Nepal government to protect civic freedom

Physical attacks on journalists, rights activists continue to undermine civic space KATHMANDU, JANUARY 21 CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, has called on UN member states to urge the Government of Nepal to double its efforts to protect civic freedom as its human rights recor Read More...

Ministry of Labour and Employment

Door opens for employment of Nepali youths in Israel

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 21 Implementation Protocol was signed between Nepal and Israel today for implementation of the agreement related to temporary employment of Nepali workers in the labour market of Israel. At a programme held at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security today, Dir Read More...

Youth association close to Oli shows support for government

RAJBIRAJ, JANUARY 21 At a time when protest against the controversial dissolution of the Parliament by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is spreading across the country, the ruling party’s sister wing National Youth Association Nepal organised a demonstration in support of the prime minister in Sapt Read More...

Basnet selected coordinator of Press Organisation

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 21 The second national gathering of Press Organisation Nepal unanimously elected joint-coordinator Ganesh Basnet as the coordinator. Basnet replaces coordinator Mahesh Dahal, who was removed on the ground of lack of activity in carrying out organisational responsibilitie Read More...

NC demonstrates in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT, JANUARY 21 Nepali Congress staged demonstrations across Rautahat district today in protest against what they described as an attack on the nation’s constitution by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s unconstitutional and regressive move. Rallies were organised in all 18 local leve Read More...

PCR report not needed for ABC trek as virus cases slow

POKHARA, JANUARY 21 Trekkers heading to Annapurna Base Camp through various routes to the camp do not require negative PCR reports. Trekking routes were resumed on January 14 amid the infection risk after making it mandatory for trekkers to show PCR reports. A meeting of the Chhomrong T Read More...

Poor leadership to blame for surge in crime: Odd

DHANGADI, JANUARY 21 Nepali Congress Dhangadi Municipal Committee President Nripa Bahadur Odd said that crime had increased after communists offered garlands to criminal-minded people. Addressing a protest assembly in Dhangadi today, Odd said communists had protected rapists, thieves, murderer Read More...