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Water Resources

Rs36.37 billion irrigation scheme to bring water to parched Tarai farms

Years after it was conceived, the government will finally launch the Rs36.37 billion Sunkoshi Marine Diversion Multipurpose Project in the next fiscal year, beginning mid-July. The mega project will irrigate the perennially parched farmlands in the central Tarai region and produce electricity. The five-year project, once completed, will provide round-the-year…

Melamchi’s Italian contractor defaults projects in Kenya as well

Two Kenyan dam projects are thrown into uncertainty like Nepal’s Melamchi project, undertaken by Italian contractor Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti di Ravenna (CMC). The Melamchi contractor that is on the brink of bankruptcy in Italy has landed into a corruption scandal in Kenya, while its alleged corruption in Nepal remains…

Researchers call for sustainable water resources development

In western Nepal where development is elusive, the abundant availability of water resources is considered as the pathway to its economic prosperity. However, in order to harness the water resources, researchers have urged stakeholders to find balance in economic growth, social justice and resilient ecosystem for the sustainable management and…

Three months on, no headway in Melamchi

The government has not been able to decide future course of Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) even though it has been nearly two and half months since CMC -- the Italian contractor -- abandoned the project site. Project officials say only about five percent of work at the project site…

Uncertainty surrounds Melamchi project due to minister’s inaction

Melamchi Water Supply Development Board has already prepared contract documents for remaining works of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) after terminating contract with Italian contractor for tunnel and headworks – Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna – of the project. However, the process is not moving forward because…

ADB not in favour of govt plan to rehire CMC

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the major financier for the Melamchi Water Supply Project, has said it would not support the $355.4-million project if the government reappoints the Italian company to complete the unfinished work by bowing down to the firm’s fresh demands. This statement comes at a time when…

Water supply minister adamant on bringing Italian contractor back

The government has already terminated contract with Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti di Ravenna (CMC) and there is no legal ground for the Italian contractor to return to work. However, Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar has been saying that she is still in talks with the CMC for bringing it…

Khotang lift drinking water project nears completion

The Rasuwa-Kalapani Drinking Water Project of Khotang is nearing completion. Nearly 90 percent of the work at the lift drinking water project has been completed so far. The project will lift water from Sunkoshi River 1,800 meters higher to Kalapani village which is reeling under acute shortage of drinking water.…

Unruly Waters by Sunil Amrith

“The unruly Ganges tumbles from heaven, tamed as it flows through the serpentine locks of Shiva’s hair before it spills onto the plains of India…” In this sometimes lyrical and always lucid book Sunil Amrith charts the place of rivers and the monsoon to the people of the Indian subcontinent…

Communities fight for greater say in river management

Sustainable water management is proving to be a challenge in much of Asia, especially in the basins of rivers that flow through more than one country. At the same time, a large number of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Asia are working on water management issues. Why can’t these CSOs…