200 garbage dumpers booked in 2 wks

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 3, 2014-

Rapid response teams of Nepal Police in Kathmandu and Lalitpur have taken action against 200 people for dumping wastes into the river in the past two weeks.

The action was initiated as part of the effective implementation of the Solid Waste Management Act formulated in 2011 to curb haphazard dumping of wastes—both household and institutional—in the cities. According to Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s Environment Division, the rapid response teams are deployed every day between 7 and 10 in the morning and 2 and 7 in the evening to monitor the activities of the public and institutions to tackle the growing menace of wastes. “We have tried to monitor the activities related with solid waste management and implement the act as required,” Shrestha said, adding, “The most challenging part is to change people’s behavior.”

Under the Act, those found guilty of disposing garbage at prohibited zones face a three-month jail term or Rs 100,000 in fine or both according to the nature of offence. Although more than 300 people are booked for dumping their wastes at prohibited zones, very few have faced action beyond verbal warnings.

The Act also mentions that both households and institutions should segregate wastes at source before disposing them at the designated landfill or dumping sites.

Published: 04-11-2014 09:01

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