KAVRE, July 7
As many as 20 irrigation projects, including those under construction, have been damaged by the earthquake of April 25 and the subsequent aftershocks in Kavre.
It has been learnt that among projects that incurred loss, nine were being constructed with assistance from Division Irrigation Office, Kavre, apart from 11 others which were run by farmers.
The estimated loss to the projects is worth somewhere beyond 20 million rupees.
Experts have estimated that repairing three projects managed by the community will require 2.75 million rupees, while some six mid-range irrigation projects might require a fund of around 3 million rupees for repairs.
Division irrigation office Chief Dhrub Kumar Pokharel said almost every irrigation canal in the district is in need of repair. “Currently we are calculating cost estimates for repairing damaged irrigation facilities, they will be repaired by the end of the next fiscal,” said Pokharel, who, however, hinted that the cost of repair could go up after details of the damage were calculated.
A version of this article appears in print on July 08, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.