Sisdole residents demand infrastructure development

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Sisdole residents demand infrastructure development

Oct 30, 2014-

Sisdole locals have urged the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to address the demands that were promised nearly a decade ago, when the government designated the area as a landfill site for Kathmandu Valley. The KMC’s failure to address their demands for infrastructure development, schools and health facilities, among others, has prompted many protests in the past, obstructing the Valley’s garbage disposal.

According to KMC chief Dhana Bahadur Shrestha, they have been maintaining regular correspondence with the representatives from Sisdole. He, however, said that the KMC cannot fulfil some of their demands. “We cannot take care of all their demands which include giving them jobs, education and health security,” Shrestha said.

In June 2005, Sisdole area of Okharpauwa VDC in Nuwakot district, which is located about 27 km from Kathmandu, was designated the landfill site to manage the solid wastes generated by the Valley. It was agreed then that KMC, in return, would launch various development works in and around Sisdole.

Sisdole residents have claimed that KMC has time and again reneged on its promises.

The landfill site has also affected the residents of nearby Goldhunga and Jitpuphedi. They have complained about the health hazards invited by the landfill site and threatened to obstruct the garbage trucks.

“We do understand the problems of the locals in the periphery, but we lack alternatives to favour them” said Shrestha.

Meanwhile, KMC has been constructing the eight kilometres road at Okharpauwa VDC that leads to Sisdole. Owing to the poor condition of the road, KMC has been facing difficulty in waste transportation during monsoon.

Published: 31-10-2014 09:03

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