30 July, Kathmandu: The Project Implementation Directorate, Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited has said that 88 per cent trench dug up in course of the installation of water pipes under the Melamchi Water Supply Project have been filled up.

It may be noted that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on July 16 directed the Directorate to fill up such ditches within the next 15 days. His direction followed the death of a school girl after accidentally falling inside a pit turned invisible on the water-logged road in Nepaltar. She was a third grader.

Though the Directorate had worked with a goal of finishing the works within the deadline, monsoon barred it from working in full-swing, according to Project Director Tiresh Prasad Khatri. Now, some 12 per cent works in Lajimpat-Maharajgunj, Ratopul- Gaushala and Chabahil-Chuchchepati areas are left to be complete. If weather permits, the Directorate has planned to temporarily blacktop the repaired road sections in the next two days. RSS