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Melamchi tunnel construction nears conclusion

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Kathmandu, December 27, 2016: The construction of a tunnel under the much-awaited Melamchi Drinking Water Project has reached the final phase.

Now, only a 5.5-kilometre section of the 27-km tunnel remains to be constructed.

The tunnel construction project is likely to be completed within the next eight and half months if the works goes at the same pace, according to Secretary at the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Bhim Prasad Upadhyay.

An Italian company was awarded the contract for constructing the tunnel in 2013. The construction is expected to cost Rs 24 billion.

Water collected from the Melamchi stream in Sindhupalchok would be brought to Sundarijal from the tunnel before supplying it to the Capital.

A water processing centre is being constructed in Sundarijal under the project.

The Ministry said the Valley denizens are likely to get drinking water from Melamchi by upcoming September-October.

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