Eptisa carries out the design and construction supervision for the headworks and Melamchi diversion tunnel in Nepal

The project, mainly financed by the Asian Development Bank, will last 30 months

March 03 2016

The Government of Nepal, through the Melamchi Water Supply Development Board (implementing agency) and the Ministry of Urban Development (executing agency), awarded Eptisa a new project financed by the Asian Development Bank to carry out the design and construction supervision of headworks and diversion tunnel in Melamchi.

This contract is part of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP), which has been declared of National Pride, being one of the most important and high priority projects for the Government of Nepal.

The MWSP aims to tackle the chronic water shortage situation in the Kathmandu valley and improve the health and well-being of the people in the region.

The subproject comprises the Construction of the Melamchi Diversion Scheme aiming to divert about 510 ML/d of raw water from the Melamchi Valley to the Kathmandu Valley through a 26.1 km tunnel and headworks, the construction of about 43 km of access roads and upgrading of about 29 km of roads to facilitate the construction of the Project facilities and their maintenance. Besides, the subproject includes the construction of a water treatment plant with an initial capacity of at least 170 ML/d and expandable to about 510 ML/d to treat the raw water coming from the Melamchi River.

Eptisa, in partnership for this project, provides assistance to the Project Management Unit (PMU) to manage the project through detailed project planning. As part of the project, the consortium will also undertake the design review, bid and contract management, enforcement of environmental and legal compliance, quality control for construction and project financial management.

In addition, a comprehensive training program on tunnel construction supervision related issues will also be provided to the staff of the Melamchi Water Supply Development Board to help them understand FIDIC conditions of contract, procedures about monitoring and reporting, quality control, cost management, claim mitigation, and improve their capacity to review arbitration proceedings.

This is Eptisa’s first project in Nepal but one of the many implemented in the South Asia through our local offices implemented in the region.


 
 Eptisa carries out the design and construction supervision for the headworks and Melamchi diversion tunnel in Nepal