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Nepal completes excavation of its longest tunnel

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

The excavation of the 26-km in that will lead to improved for residents of was completed on Thursday.

The will be fully operational in a few months and carry water from the to the Valley for supply by the Upatyaka Khanepani Ltd (KUKL), reported.

The breakthrough ceremony was held in Melamchin area amid the presence of Nanda Bahadur Pun, for Drinking Water Bina Magar and (ADB) for South Hun Kim.

According to a statement issued by ADB, which is a part of a project, the Melamchi Water Supply Project will benefit an estimated 1.3 million urban inhabitants with more reliable water supply and higher quality water.

"The completion of the excavation marks a very important milestone in the project's history and is indeed a giant leap forward for the project, one that will soon help alleviate the water stress experienced by the inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley," Hun Kim said.

As per ADB, the current water supplied by KUKL was about 100 million liters per day (mld) on average, with about 40 per cent of this estimated to be lost due to leakages. An additional 170 mld of water will be available by the end of 2018 for distribution to KUKL customers.

The government is planning to complete all finishing works and testing of the by early July, with testing of the new transmission and distribution system in the to start from August.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:06 IST