Capital’s sewer mgmt halfway done
Jul 31, 2014-
The government’s project to improve the existing sewerage, which is directly channeled into Bagmati River, has reached the haflway point, with the completion of 15 km of the planned 30 km canal system that run abreast either side of the river. The construction, which started from Gokarna, has reached up to Manohara River, and the authorities expect the project to complete within next 20 months.
According to Bharat Bahadur KC, deputy project chief at the High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilisation (HPCIDBC), the project has gained momentum in recent days. “Our focus is to complete the project
on time to complement the ongoing Bagmati cleaning campaign, to regain the the river’s long-lost freshness,” said KC. “Everyone has to make effort from their part. The locals now have to be aware about keeping their banks tidy”
The committee for this project was established under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in 1995 with the aim to examine ways of improving the quality of water in the Bagmati River through priority sewer lines and treatment plants. “The construction works downstream Manahara River will resume as soon as the rainy season is over,” said KC. Apart from that, the works for controlling the river flow from Sankhamul to Balkhu has also been completed.
Bagmati originates from Bagdwar and flows through 57 tributaries in Kathmandu Valley. The river has been polluted because of human settlements, unplanned urbanisation along the river banks, and disposal of untreated sewage and solid waste into the river system.
The HPCIDBC also envisions a clean Bagmati by preventing the direct discharge of solid and liquid wastes into the river and to conserve the entire river system. It has established a treatment plant at Gaurighat, and a tunnel for a sewer from Gaurighat to Tilganga, to bypass sewage from the Pashupatinath area. Similarly, several activities are being carried out to restore the river, including constructions of roads and green belt along the banks of the river.
Published: 01-08-2014 09:49