The government and Austrian-Indian joint contractor signed an agreement today to construct a water treatment plant of the much-talked Melamchi Drinking Water Project (MDWP).
The prestige project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to be constructed with concessional loans of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The water treatment plant is one of the key infrastructure of the Melamchi Water project that has been since last one decade claiming to bring 170 million litres of water to the Kathmandu Valley every day.
Melamchi Water Supply Development Board, JICA and VA Tech Wabag Ltd-Pratibha lndustries, the contractor signed the agreement.
The treatment plant worth Rs 4.20 billion will have a total capacity of 850 million liters, will be used to treat water supplied by the 27-km-long tunnel of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project, which is expected to be completed by November 2015.
The Melamchi Board had invited bids for the construction of the plant on April 25, 2012 planning to award the contract by January 21 this year. But confusion between JICA and government on appointment of contractor from among the three; VA Tech Wabag Ltd-Pratibha lndustries, Japan’s Hitachi Technology and CWE China, delayed the contract award.The earlier Chinese contractor had walked away without completing the work has also delayed the ambitious Melamchi Water Project putting pressure on Asian Development Bank as the project has become its prestige issue.