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  • Private Sector: 5315 MWh
  • India: 11474 MWh
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  • Demand : 25426 MWh
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Water Resources

What use is dredging the Brahmaputra?

The Brahmaputra River has the second highest sediment yield per square kilometre (km) in the world, exceeded only by that of the Yellow River in China. India’s federal government and the state government of Assam have planned to dredge the Brahmaputra, with an initial amount of INR 4 billion (USD 57 million).…

Women-run drinking water project launched in the country

The South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF), in partnership with Tata Project Ltd of India, today launched a project named ‘Creating women-run enterprises for marketing safe drinking water’ in Nepal. The project is a replication of Tata Water Project, under the Tata Project Ltd, which ensures safe drinking water at…

ADB to extend Melamchi project completion deadline if need be

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a Manila-based multilateral lender, has said it would extend the deadline for completion of the Melamchi Water Supply Project if necessary. The statement from one of the key financiers of the project comes at a time when works at the site of the much-awaited drinking…

Water is big issue before India’s elections

Across India the maximum temperature is routinely crossing 35 degrees Celsius as the elections for the world’s largest democracy take place from April 11 to May 19. Little wonder that water is on every mind. The traditional slogan of developmental politics in India has been “Bijli, sadak aur paani” (electricity,…

Melamchi works likely to gain momentum

The construction work of Melamchi Water Supply Project, which has been halted since almost five months, is expected to gain momentum as the Melamchi Water Supply Development Board (MWSDB) is preparing to call for a tender notice inviting a new contractor to wrap up construction of the project. The fate…

Three projects in limbo after losing funding from Asian Development Bank

Three projects worth Rs870 million were pushed into uncertainty after the financer Asian Development Bank decided to pull funding for them. Started in 2010, the projects--solid waste processing centre, auto village infrastructure and ground water drinking project--are scheduled to be completed by December 2015 as per the agreement signed between…

Multimedia: Ganga suffers downstream of Farakka

Between large scale exploitation of water by power plants, and land erosion worsened by the Farakka barrage, the Ganga and the people on its banks, are both facing an existential crisis The Ganga, which has nourished Indian civilisation for millennia, is fighting its biggest battle for survival. Increasing pollution coupled…

CMC in talks to resume Melamchi project work for Rs 2.52 billion?

A member of the parliament has claimed that the Italian contractor of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project, Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna, has reportedly demanded Rs 2.52 billion from the government to resume construction works. Speaking during a meeting of National Concern and Coordination Committee under the National…

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…