The government has appropriated a budget of Rs 5.46 billion for the Melamchi Drinking Water Project. It aims to complete the groundwork of the project this year and initiate distributing drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley from the beginning of the upcoming fiscal year.
Presenting the executive budget proposal of the government for upcoming fiscal year 2020/21, Finance minister Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada said Rs 43.1 billion budget has been allocated for the ministry of water supply. The government has unveiled its target to provide with basic services of drinking water to 94 percent population in the upcoming fiscal year.
A budget Rs 5.89 billion has been set aside for Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani and sewerage systems. Minister Khatiwada said that the budget has been allocated to construct and repair drinking water projects and make the drinking water distribution systematic in all states.
Likewise, Rs 6 billion has been allotted for the completion of under-construction climate change adaptation and lift and sub-projects in dry areas, the minister said.
Source: National News Agency Nepal