According to the Department of Roads, the number of leaks from Kathmandu’s water pipes has risen recently, wreaking havoc on the capital’s already-difficult roads.
The number of leaks has increased significantly after the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited began distributing water from the Melamchi Water Supply Project in March, according to the department, which also urges the KUKL to collaborate in improving the water distribution system so that leaks do not occur and do not have a major effect on road conditions.
According to Kuber Nepali, the chief of the Kathmandu Division Road Office, about 300 leaks have recently been identified in various parts of the region. Meanwhile, the KUKL has applied to the department for permission to dig roads in 12 locations to repair the pipes.
“However, if they haphazardly uncover and cover the roads, the roads will be damaged,” Nepali says. “We are experts in roads, and they are experts in pipes.” As a result, we must work together to resolve this problem efficiently and effectively.”
The KUKL, according to its spokesperson Prakash Kumar Rai, has recognized the problem and will continue to expand the water distribution system while gradually resolving the problem.