Do we have possibilites of waterways in Nepal? As the whole world knows Nepal is the second richest country of water recourses. The water recourses are limited to rivers and lakes. Nepal has about 45,000 km of rivers. there is a huge amount of chance to utilize the water resources and for that, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works is making the final preparations to call for expressions of interest (EoI) from interested firms to do a feasibility study for developing waterways in the Koshi, Gandaki, and Bheri river basins.
In an Inception Report – the consulting firm has proposed 173 km in four routes along the Koshi river, 183 km in four routes along the Gandaki River, and 122 km in four routes along the Bheri river to run a two-way water transport in the country.
In the report, the possibilities of waterways in nepal which was submitted to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works? the consulting firm has suggested 47 km Chataraghat-Koshi Barrage, 8.5 km Chataraghat-Tribeni of Koshi, 48 km Tribeni-Simhawati Saune, and 70 km Simhawati-Ghurmi routes along the Koshi river basin.
The report has also identified 130 km waterway along Devghat-Ramdi, 33 km Devghat-Muglin, 16 km Muglin-Fishling, and 4.5 km Mirmi-Setibeni routes along the Gandaki river basin. Similarly, 15 km Karnali Bridge-Ghatgaun, 37 km Ghatgaun-Taranga, 20 km Taranga-Haripur, and 50 km Haripur-Bhotechaur along the Bheri river basin.
“The report has estimated that 1.4 million people in 17 districts will benefit from the Koshi waterways, two million people of 17 districts from the Gandaki waterways, and 0.3 million people of six districts from the Bheri waterways if the proposed waterways prove feasible,” said Neupane. According to him, the firm would complete the final feasibility report by February 2012.