Health concerns without proper sewerage system

- PRAGATI SHAHI, Kathmandu

Jul 7, 2014-

The government’s failure to deliver facilities such as sewerage system has defiled the surrounding environments posing serious health hazard for citizens in the metropolitan areas, a government report said.

On the heels of the government announcement of additional 72 municipalities, the report showed that 35 of 58 existing municipalities lack basic sewerage infrastructure. A latest report on Environmental Statistics of Nepal 2013 said there are, however, the construction of naali (narrow conduit) in the municipal areas for waste flow, but which is not a proper drainage system. Municipals are required to have proper sewerage system that the eventually collects the city waste from varous sources to one localion before going for treatment.

According to the report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Friday, Kathmandu Metropolitan City has the longest sewerage line of 750 kilometres while Lekhnath in Kaski district has the shortest at 300 metres.

The total naali connection is around 1,427 kilometers across the 58 municipalities, a little more than the 1,000 km of total sewerage line in the country.

Water and sewer services along with roads are among basic utilities for any citizen living in urban cities, says Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, spokesperson at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD). He agrees that the government has failed to provide one of the basic requirements because of poor planning and vision.

“We failed to introduce an integrated infrastructural plan needed to develop a well-planned city,” Thapaliya said.

The Capital, and one of the fastest growing urban cities in the region, is lagging behind in providing basic infrastructures like proper water and sewerage facilities. The city lacks a proper waste management, water logging and open drainage to name a few.

Thapaliya, however, claimed the government has prioritised investments to improve the proper management of solid wastes along with sewerage and drainage facilities in the newly declared municipalities.

“The first condition for the recently declared municipalities is to develop a master plan of infrastructure development with a focus on waste management and sewerage facilities,” he said.

The MoFALD has recently developed  an environment-friendly local government framework to improve the conditions of municipalities in the future. 

Published: 08-07-2014 09:11

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