KATHMANDU, Feb 24:
The government has estimated that it will have to spend Rs 9 billion to supply drinking water to the Valley dwellers till 2016. The estimate does not include the investment in the ongoing Melamchi drinking water project and Bagmati Basin improvement program.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has estimated that 20 new tube wells with the capacity to generate 20 million liters water per day would be required in the next three years.
There is a demand of 320 million cubic liters of drinking water in the Valley for 3.2 million people. Apart from the 2.6 million Valley residents, more than half million who use water are those who frequently travel to the Valley for various reasons.
However, the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has the capacity to supply only 90 million liters of water to the Kathmanduties in dry season and 150 million liters in rainy season.
The MoUD has aimed to construct a 22 kilometer network for improved water distribution system inside the ring road areas.
Under this plan, ponds with the capacity to store 30 million liters of water in Mahankal, 12 million liters in Balaju, 8 million liters each in Arubari and Khumaltar would be constructed. Total 68 million liters of water would be stored in the basins.
“An estimation of the ministry has shown that the population of Kathmandu Valley would reach close to 5.1 million by 2025. We are planning keeping the figure in mind,” said MoUD secretary Kishor Thapa.
He added that the government preparation on the maximum use of ground water has come as the Melamchi project now seems insufficient to quench the thirst of Valley dwellers.
Melamchi project likely to be effective from 2016
In another phase, between 2016 to 2025, the government aims to establish water filtration centers and improve distribution systems with an investment of Rs13 billion.
According to Chandra Lal Nakarmi, senior distribution manager at the KUKL, the drinking water leakage in the Valley has been reduced to 35 percent from 75 percent compared to just two years ago. “The control in leakage of water is now saving around 2 million liters of water,” he added “The KUKL aims to drop the leakage to 15 percent in the next two years.”
Private sector has also played a vital role in easing the water crisis in the Valley by supplying 60 million liters of water every day. Similarly, bottling companies and housing companies have constructed 151 deep tube wells to extract ground water.
According to the MoUD, a report issued in November 12 last year, 80 water supply projects have currently benefited 2,28,000 people of 82 VDCs across the three districts in the Valley.
Similarly, the ministry report also stated that 55 similar drinking water projects are under construction, which is estimated to cover additional 2,03,000 people. The government has allocated Rs 2.5 billion for the project.
However, around 2,00,000 people residing in rural areas of the Valley would still be deprived of their right to safe drinking water even if the additional projects succeed, says Thapa.
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Published on 2013-02-24 06:00:51