Tuesday Nov 28, 2023
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One more week to collect garbage in Kathmandu Valley

2021 Aug 25, 19:52, Kathmandu
Waste collected in the bank of Bishnumati River at Tokha-9, Kathmandu on August 25, 2021. Photo: Prasan Gurung/Nepalnews

The Kathmandu Valley people are bound to endure reeking garbage piles at different places for one more week.

Information Officer at Ministry of Urban Development, Suresh Kumar Wagle, informed that construction of the first cell of landfill site is nearing the final stage. However, problems still exist because Sisdol must be crossed to reach the first cell. A huge mass of garbage at Sisdol must be negotiated to the new site- first cell. Currently, garbage containers cannot pass via the mound, Wagle added.

"First, the bridge needs to be set up by coordinating with the Road Department and Kathmandu Metropolis. Otherwise, it is difficult to solve the problem. Residents from the valley have been asked not to keep garbage outside the residence for 11 days.

As a result, the garbage piled up already on river banks has not been collected.

Environment department Chief at KMC, Hari Kumar Shrestha, viewed it as a recurring problem for some years because of the failure to manage a landfill site for a long-term solution. He blames the Ministry of Urban Development for such delay. "There is no place left to manage waste at Sisdol. So, it should be managed at Bancharedanda.

Management of waste is so poor that Sisdol of Nuwakot was selected for a landfill site in 2062 BS just for two years. But, it was expanded out of capacity for these many years, thereby ignoring the responsibility to seek long term solution.

Currently, 1200 metric tons of garbage is managed at Sisdol from Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Valley alone generates 500 metric tons of garbage.

Bancharedanda, where a landfill for a long-term solution is being constructed, is two km away from the current landfill site, Sisdol. Bancharedanda lies at the border of Nuwakot and Dhading. 


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