Constitution amendment bill to be endorsed before local polls: Minister Yadav

KATHMANDU: Newly appointed Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation Mahendra Yadav has said a constitution amendment bill tabled at the Legislature-Parliament would be endorsed before the third phase of local level elections in Province number 2 on September 18.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had inducted Mahendra Yadav from Nepali Congress quota in his Cabinet.

Speaking at an interaction programme in the Capital on Wednesday, Minister Yadav said the government is trying to forge consensus with the opposition party in a bid to bring agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal on board for local elections.

"Nepali Congress is working with other parties to amend the Constitution," Minister Yadav added. He also said that the elections scheduled for September 18 will beheld at any cost.

Minister Yadav also said Melamchi drinking water would be distributed to the Kathmanduities within this fiscal year.

"Government was preparing to distribute Melamchi drinking water before Dashain festival, however, due to some technical difficulties, it will be distributed by the end of December," Yadav shared.

He also informed that the Melamchi Drinking Water Project's work is being carried out from four different locations and the tunnel work is remaining to be completed.

Speaking on a different note, Minister Yadav said filling of potholes along the roads in Kathmandu Valley would be completed in couple of days.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had directed concerned authorities to fill the potholes within 15 days after a school girl lost her life after being swept away by flooded road in the Kathmandu.

Despite PM directives, many potholes are yet to be filled in the Capital city.