Bhaktapur folk want brick kilns removed

- POST REPORT, BHAKTAPUR

Nov 19, 2014-

Local people at Chhaling VDC in Bhaktapur have demanded that brick kilns be removed from the area as they are adversely affecting ecology and overall development of the district. The district houses 65 brick kilns at present.

Speaking at an interaction organised by the VDC on Wednesday, locals said the brick kilns are the major obstacle for carrying out development works in the district. They said the district can neither be free of child labour nor achieve full sanitation, total literacy and clean environment as long as brick kilns operate in the area.

“The district has already been declared an open defecation free area, but brick kiln workers defecate everywhere,” local teacher Gita Khakda said. “Children step on human faeces and come to school.” Locals also said the heavy mud-loaded trucks damage local roads. Another local resident Sano Kaji Datheputhe said the trend of brick kiln owners coming to villages and provoking locals often leads to clashes.

Chief District Officer Anil Kumar Thakur said ending child labour in the district has become a challenging task. He sought help from all stakeholders to achieve full literacy and maintain sanitation in the district. He said many brick kilns, hotels and passenger vehicles employ children.

Drinking Water and Sanitation Office chief Ashesh Ghimire said his office has initiated a drive to make public toilets in Tathali, Katunje and Nagarkot VDCs.

Published: 20-11-2014 09:36

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