Sunday, 31 December 2017

Melamchi project

Posted by Anup Baral December 31, 2017 :
Tunneling work of Melamchi Water Supply Project is at a seriously slow pace, indicating that bringing Melamchi waters to Kathmandu Valley by October is impossible. The contractor is digging only 11 meters per day. This means it would take another nine months to complete tunnel works. Speaking at the Tripartite Portfolio Review Meeting of Asian Development Bank in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi said that the slow pace of tunneling works would affect the plan to bring Melamchi water in Kathmandu by October.

About three kilometers section of the 27-kilometer tunnel is still to be dug. “We have held frequent discussions to expedite tunneling work. But there is no indication of improvement,” Subedi said in a rather disappointing tone. Following significant progress in tunneling in August last year and thereafter, the government had revised the target and announced that Melamchi water will arrive in Kathmandu by October. Subedi instructed one and all to make a workable plan and set new target accordingly. He also said that the contractor should be made responsible if it is delaying the project. Rajendra Panta, the spokesperson for the Melamchi Water Supply Project, said weak rocks in the Sindhu upstream section has affected tunnel digging works. “The contractor should have dug 25 meters per day as per the plan,” he said, adding that project completion date has not been revised due to unpredictable geology in the remaining section of the tunnel.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.