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Garbage mounds on the streets of Kathmandu

2022 Aug 06, 9:34, KATHMANDU
Truck carrying waste in the bank of Bishnumati River at Balaju, Kathmandu. Photo: Prasan Gurung/Nepalnews

Garbage has been piled up on the streets of Kathmandu for two months, causing problems for citizens to move around. Making excuse for road maintenance, Kathmandu Metropolitan City and other private sectors did not complete the final management of garbage, hence, garbage is found everywhere on the road.

Especially the main roads of Kathmandu, Kalanki, Kalimati, Teku, Anamnagar, Baneshwor, Thapagaon, Koteshwar along with other places, have been facing a problem, due to the long-standing piles of garbage.

On the other hand, KAMPA said that since the road maintenance work leading from Sisdol to Bancharedanda has not been completed, garbage is piled up in the main square of Kathmandu, as there is no waste management. On Shrawan 4, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City issued a public notice and requested everyone not to pile up garbage outside their houses for a week, as road maintenance work was required. KAMPA spokesperson, Naveen Manandhar informed that even within a week, the road repair work is still incomplete, causing further problem in waste management. He also said that, it will be very difficult to manage the garbage of all places and would take more time.

Unmanaged waste in the bank of Bishnumati River at Tokha-9, Kathmandu. Photo: Prasan Gurung/Nepalnews
Unmanaged waste in the bank of Bishnumati River at Tokha-9, Kathmandu. Photo: Prasan Gurung/Nepalnews

Similarly, the residents of Bancharedanda have warned that they will not allow waste management in their area, from Bhadra 1, complaining that the work is not done according to the agreement. The local residents also complained that the road repair work was not done on time, the container for the garbage carrying vehicle (leached tank) was not arranged, the health insurance of the locals, and the guarantee of education were neglected.

Kampa then stated, the process of addressing the demands of the residents in Bancharedanda is in progress and that they are working to identify the location to manage the rotting waste in the valley. For that, land identification is taking place, in collaboration with other municipalities of the valley.

Earlier, for a very long time, 1,200 metric tons of waste from the valley was being managed in Sisdol every day. At most, 500 metric tons of garbage used to be released in Kampa. About 75 percent of the waste, emitted daily from the valley, was being managed at that location.

Environmentalist, Bhushan Tuladhar says that, instead of abusing the people in the municipality or the landfill site, each person should contribute in separating garbage from their own kitchen. "Through the implementation of policies, planning and cooperation, the city's waste can be managed sustainably and it should start from the kitchen, not from the home", Tuladhar said.


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