Piles of trash becomes eyesore for visitors

  • pollution in kanyam
- BIPLAV BHATTARAI, Ilam
Piles of trash becomes eyesore for visitors

Dec 10, 2014-

People visiting Kanyam, a tourist spot in Ilam famous for its verdant tea garden and picnic spots, are forced to cover their nose due to heaps of garbage lying scattered everywhere in the area.

Wastes such as plastic bags, leftovers of food items and plastic bottles thrown mostly by tourists and those visiting the place for picnic are the main reason behind the piled up garbage that causes major eye sore for people visiting the scenic spot.

Vehicles being parked haphazardly and stinks emanating from the few toilets constructed in the area have also added to the degradation of the area. Local resident Dambar Katuwal said that non-bio degradable wastes such as plastic bottles, plastic bags and wine bottles are found scattered everywhere in the area.

“Kanyam, which is known as one of the main tourist destinations in the country, may lose its popularity if this situation persists,” he said, adding that hundreds of people visit the area for picnic on a daily basis.

When asked why nothing is being done to manage the piles of garbage that lay scattered all over the place, concerned authorities said that the direction of the Ministry of Finance not to handover the management of the area to anyone for the time being has made the matter worse.

“Earlier, the concerned VDC was managing the tourist spot through a contractor,” said Kajiman Kagate of Kanyam Tourism Development Committee, adding that the Finance Ministry had then interfered in the management as per the request of those who oversee the tea garden.

The area, which has been leased by the Tribeni Sanghai Group, falls in Suryodaya Municipality. Jamin, Kholsa, Dandakanda and the area falling within 15 meters of the Mechi Highway are designed for tourists and picnic spot.

Gopal Limbu, executive officer of the municipality, said that although efforts are underway to manage the area effectively, lack of efforts to lease out the management of the place has only worsened the situation.

However, the Nepal Tea Development Corporation has complained that their business has been adversely affected due to destruction of tea plants in the area by tourists and those visiting the area for picnic.

Local residents said that a certain spot in the area should be designated for picnic and tourism.

Published: 11-12-2014 09:43

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