Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) aims to divert 1.7 millions liters per day water from Melamchi river to Kathmandu Valley through 26.5 km tunnel. The project is jointly financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the Government of Japan, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Oil and Petroleum Exporting Countries Fund (OPEC-Fund) and the Government of Nepal. Ever since the inception the project is surrounded in controversies. Locals of Melamchi Valley and Kathmandu jointly filed a case in Office of Special Project Facilitator(OSPF) and Office of Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) of the ADB for the non-compliance of ADB's policies viz. Involuntary resettlement policy, environmental policy etc on the project.
Melamchi: Claims and Litigations
- Open letter to Melamchi Water Supply Development Board (MWSDB), the Government of Nepal and Asian Development Bank(ADB) by WAFED on June 27, 2003
- Joint letter to ADB by WAFED and Melamchi Local Concern Group(MLCG) on March 29, 2004 (In Nepali language).
- Letter to Special Project Facilitator (SPF) for the investigation of policy non-compliance in the MWSP on May 1, 2004.
- Letter to the MWSDB requesting for a constructive dialogue on September 17, 2004. (In Nepali language)
- Response from the MWSDB on the letter of September 17, 2004 on October 1, 2004. (In Nepali language)
- Letter to the Compliance Review Panel of the ADB for the investigation of policies-non compliance in the MWSP on November 12,2004.
- Report on Eligibility on the request for compliance review on the MWSP by the CRP on December 17, 2004.