31 agencies interested in Save Bagmati Campaign

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 17, 2014-

The Bagmati river banks will soon witness greenery as a number of private and government entities have expressed interest to carry out plantation and maintenance work in the area.

The High Power Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilisation (HPCIDBC) said it received 31 applications from firms for the plantation work as part of the Save Bagmati Campaign.

Among them, 15 firms have already signed memorandum of understating with the panel and some of them have initiated their work in the assigned area. According to HPCIDBC, various government agencies such as the Department of Environment, Nepal Telecom, Nepal Airlines Corporation and Armed Police Force have shown keen interest in building garden and plant trees along the river.

Similarly, private firms and non-profit organisations such as Kantipur Publications, Non-Resident Nepali Association, Higher Secondary Schools’ Association Nepal, Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation Nepal have also extended their hands in the campaign. Issuing a press statement, the HPCIDBC mentioned that many firms have shown their interest to construct public garden as public-private partnership. The panel plans to develop the 103 ropanis of land along the river from Tilganga Bridge to Shankhamul.

The HPCIDBC also said that the campaign will help maintain a balanced eco-system and prevent soil erosion. For the past 66 weeks, stakeholders have been cleaning the river and its banks to revive the original status of the area. During the campaign, over 1,000 metric tonnes of waste has been removed from the river and its banks, and sewerage which was directly mixed into the river earlier is being managed with side tunnels.

Published: 18-08-2014 09:06

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