Kathmandu: garbage city?

KATHMANDU: Strange but true. The Nepalese have become litterbugs. In the cities, garbage has begun piling up on the streets. But citizens and administrators alike are trying to find ways to tackle the problem.

Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal has said the tendency to carelessly throw garbage in public places has its roots deep within the psyche of Nepali society and only awareness can stop it from manifesting further.

Speaking at an interaction programme in Kathmandu recently, Paudyal insisted that the public needs to realise that cleaning up the country is its own responsibility. “We cannot complain about pollution without first fulfilling our responsibility to take initiative to minimise it,” he said.river

Social organisation ‘Galli Galli’ and the ‘Society of Rudramati Concern’ had jointly organised the interaction programme which was attended by high-level Nepal government officials, different organisations, prominent citizens and other stakeholders.

Paudyal has championed the Bagmati River Cleanup Campaign which has seen the participation of about 280,000 volunteers and 950 organisations. The campaign is in its 97th week and is being carried out in 50 different places, 13 of them in Kathmandu alone.

The rivers in Kathmandu are notoriously polluted due to the rampant dumping of solid wastes and sewage disposal in the river. The Project Implementation Directorate of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) is coordinating the establishment of a sewage treatment plant in Gokarna, while the capacity of the existing one in Guheswori is being increased to 32 million litres per day (MLD) from 16 MLD, Project Chief Tej Raj Bhatta said.

Another speaker at the programme, Narayan Prasad Regmi, Chief of High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization, said the committee was working on building roads on both sides of the river, controlling its flow, establishing sewerage system and initiating river beautification programmes, among others. “The biggest challenge is controlling the encroachment of the river from both sides,” he said.

The capacity of the current sewerage system in the capital is grossly insufficient, according to Chief of Physical Planning and Development Division at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Uttar Kumar Regmi. “It needs a minimum investment of Rs 100 million for upgrade but only Rs 5 million is made available,” he said. Assistant Manager at KUKL Dol Prasad Chapagain, suggested that the existing laws and policies should be amended to create a single powerful authority as a long-term solution for all the sanitation and cleanliness problems in the V alley. “There are various responsible bodies to deal with the matter but none of them seem to be working in a coordinated manner,” he said.

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