Damaged road leaves garbage piles

- NIRMALA ADHIKARI, Lalitpur

Aug 2, 2014-

Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC) is facing difficulties to collect and ferry garbage strewn all over the streets for almost a month now after some of the road sections leading to the landfill site were damaged due to monsoon rains.

Of the total 80 tonnes of solid waste generated daily, the city is able to transport around 40 tonnes to the landfill site located at Okharpauwa village in Nuwakot district due to the dilapidated road sections.

“Our garbage trucks leaving at 6am in the morning return only at 5pm,” said Pradeep Amatya, chief at the Solid Waste Management Division at the LSMC. “The trucks collect waste only once a day compared these days though they collected two times each day before the rainy season,” he said.

The garbage problem in the city has become chaotic and could further make the city vulnerable to diseases. Biplav Acharya, a resident at Sanepa, said he had been experiencing hard times walking along roads in the city due to the stench of garbage. “The authorities concerned need to resolve the problem as soon as possible as the garbage has posed health risk,” he said.

Meanwhile, the city also lacks adequate vehicles to transport waste to the

landfill site. “One of the four vehicles available for garbage transport broke down four months ago,” Amatya said. Each truck can carry 10 tonnes of garbage at a time.

Published: 03-08-2014 09:28

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