Cities across the country have erupted in protest after the government declared temporary provincial capitals on Wednesday. Protesting people say they are the right places to be provincial capitals. On the other hand, people belonging to these temporary capitals are celebrating. With this, we are once again returning to the situation of protests and counter-protests over federal matters.
Kathmandu’s mayoral and parliamentary candidates promised to flood Kathmandu with water from Melamchi during election campaigns two decades ago. Since then, completing the Melamchi Water Supply Project, which is expected to pump 170 million liters of water a day (MLD) to Kathmandu, has become a major development agenda for each successive government. Melamchi—one of the National Pride Projects—has become a synonym for corruption, bureaucratic logjams and sheer incompetence of those running the show in Singha Durbar.