After being appointed as the Director-General of the Department of Drinking Water and Sewage Management (DoWSM), Meena Shrestha has become the first woman to lead the DoWSM.
For the first time, the Nepali Ministry of Water Supply has appointed a female as the Director-General of DoWSM.
Earlier to this, Shrestha was the Deputy Director-General of the Department. She has joined the Department as an engineer in 1994.
The decision to appoint Shrestha as the DG comes on the heels of the transfer of Sunil Kumar Das from the Department.
The BirDhara System in Kathmandu, commissioned by then Rana Prime Minister Bir Sumsher in 1895, was the first piped water supply system in Nepal. It led to the establishment of Pani Goshwara Adda to provide limited private and community standpipes in few selected parts of Kathmandu.
In the later years, the water supply services were extended to some other important places like Amalekhgunj, Palpa, Birgunj, and Jajarkot Khalanga, where the families and relatives of Rana rulers resided.