KMC to hire pvt vehicles to ferry waste

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 20, 2014-

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has planned to hire private tippers to clear the waste stored at the Teku-based transfer station after locals gave an ultimatum to the local body to permanently lock the place if garbage duped there in a large quantity is not removed immediate.

Authorities concerned have failed to transfer waste from the area to the landfill site in Sisdole for over a month citing vehicle breakdown.

KMC officials estimate that around 10,000 metric tonnes of waste is stored at the transfer station currently, which has been suffocating to the locals for long. “We have no alternative other than hiring private vehicles to ferry the huge amount of waste,” said Rabin Man Shrestha, Environment Division chief at the KMC. “It will take us around 15 days to clear the waste from the transfer station.”

On Tuesday morning, furious locals sealed the site, which they unlocked after KMC pledged to remove the waste within the next few days. “Local people at Teku have warned that they would seal the station again if the waste is not removed promptly,” Shrestha said. “The area around the transfer station also has to host a fair during the Rishi Panchami festival, hence the locals are worried,” he said.

It’s been a ritual for the KMC to cite numerous problems relating to garbage management. For years, the metropolis has been making various excuses, including monsoon, damaged roads and labour strike, behind its failure to manage waste.

The Kathmandu valley generates around 700 metric tonnes of garbage every day, of which Kathmandu alone produces more than half the total quantity. The Teku waste transfer station has the capacity of storing only 5,000 metric tonnes of waste. Three years ago, nearly 15,000 metric tonnes of waste had piled up at the station after the Teenpiple-Sisdol road was blocked.

Published: 21-08-2014 09:05

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