KHALANGA: The Small Town Drinking Water Project worth Rs. tens of millions of rupees to be started two and half years ago in Baitadi district headquarters has been in limbo.
The Kansanigad River Drinking Water Project in North West of the district headquarters surveyed in 2066 BS is in limbo as the Rs. 180 million preliminary cost was said to be expensive and was brought down to Rs. 140 million. But as it was not started, locals have been hopeless and the headquarters is facing acute shortage of drinking water.
As water was obstructed two weeks ago in main town Gothalapani, local hoteliers have been carrying water in vehicles, and students and general public carry water from nearby rivers. When they carry water from Shahilek and Khochyouda three kms away, it costs Rs. 5 per liter, say hoteliers of Gothalapani.
Transport vehicles spend time in carrying water rather than passengers, said transport entrepreneur, Deepesh Shaha.
The project's cost for the 900 households of the headquarters, Rs. 140 million too is regarded as expensive and another Gwallek river in the south has been surveyed to bring water a few months ago. But no works have been started so far, although it was to be implemented from the current Fiscal Year 2069-70 BS, said a local Prem Thapa.
The project to be completed by 2069 BS being more expensive, survey report delayed to send to the department and amount raised from consumers being less than five percent has delayed its implementation, said the Division Drinking Water Office.