Posted by Triratna Manandhar
Kathmandu, July 22
The New Baneshwor-based office of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) will be shifted to the project site — Melamchi Pool Bazaar of Sindhupalchowk — within a week. Though the decision to shift the office of the project, primarily responsible for bringing water from the Melamchi valley to the Kathmandu valley, was taken long time ago, the decision was not implemented.
The office, manned by over 100 staffers, is being shifted as per the direction of Minister for Physical Planning and Works, Hisila Yami. “The MWSP office will be shifted to the project site in a week or so, and the staffers’ strength will also be downsized so as to run the project more smoothly,” Ishwari Prasad Paudyal, spokesperson for the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, told this daily.
The ministry has noted that the expenditure in the capital-based project office has been rising while locals of Melamchi have to come to the capital even to lodge complaints.
Taking into account the efficiency of MWSP staffers, the number of staffers will be reduced to a maximum of 80, Paudyal said.
Source: The Himalayan Times, July 23, 2007