Nepal | January 23, 2021

Water projects not on priority list of local levels in Ramechhap

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Ramechhap, March 27

Local bodies in Ramechhap haven’t included construction of drinking water projects on their priority list, citing lack of fund and manpower.

“As we don’t have enough fund and manpower, starting a large project such as water projects, which cost tens of millions of rupees, is out of question,” said Manthali Municipality Chief Ramesh Kumar Basnet, blaming the Drinking Water Division Office for the lack of fund.

On his part, Drinking Water Division Office Ramechhap Engineer Nawaraj Satyal expressed his helplessness.  “Local representatives come to us asking if any project is being initiated, but we don’t have anything to say,” said Satyal, adding his office was ready to start construction of projects if they got enough budget.

“We can start dozens of projects in just one year if we were to receive enough budget,” he said.

Amidst the water crisis in many villages such as Pakarbas, Bhirpani, Bhaluwajor, Rampur and Ramechhap in the district, locals are depending on river water. The locals are paying up to two rupees per litre for water ferried on tractors from the Sunkoshi and Tamakoshi rivers.

Those who can’t buy water have to make a long haul up to five hours to get a pitcher of water. “It takes hours to reach the nearest water source on foot. On top of it, there is always a long queue of people waiting to fetch water,” said Krishna Bahadur Shrestha of Rampur, adding the locals had to spend an entire day to fetch water.

Lately, water lifting projects are in demand in the district. There are a number of water lift projects in the water-crisis hit villages, while more projects are being constructed. Lately, Red Cross completed two water projects in Rampur, one of the worst-hit places. Similarly, large projects are under construction in order to solve the water woes of Pakarbas and Bhirpani residents.

 


A version of this article appears in print on March 28, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

NHRC urges govt to save Ganga Maya’s life

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 21 The National Human Rights Commission urged the government to take effective steps to ensure justice to Ganga Maya Adhikari and protect her life. Issuing a statement today, NHRC spokesperson Dr Tikaram Pokharel reiterated the call to implement the agreements reached in the Read More...

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...