Transit mixers to reach Kathmandu this week

Kathmandu, November 27

Eight transit mixers are being brought from India this week to complete the concreting work of the Melamchi waterway tunnel.

Melamchi Water Supply Development Board said transit mixers are being brought to Nepal this week for concreting the tunnel.

According to Deputy Executive Director at the Board Ramakanta Duwadi, after the arrival of mixers, concreting of 200 metres of tunnel will be completed in a day. At a meeting between the board and the contractor today, the contractor company CMC Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti di Ravenna pledged to complete the work within 100 days.

He informed that eight transit mixers would be arriving at Birgunj Customs Office tomorrow.

It is said six to 12-inch thick roller-compacted concrete will be used for the invert lining depending on the nature of rocks. Executive Director at the Board Ram Chandra Devkota said approximately 2-km tunnel had been concretised manually.

He expressed his belief that advanced technology would help speed up the concreting task and the supply of Melamchi water to Kathmandu Valley would be possible from March 2018.The board said each transit mixer costs around Rs 7 to 8 million.