Hundreds join in debris removal

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 9, 2015-

Hundreds of people, including government officials, on Saturday participated in the removal of debris of the collapsed buildings and infrastructures destroyed by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25.

The government authorities, comprising secretaries and high-level officials along with local volunteers, who have been participating in the Clean Bagmati Campaign every Saturday since May 2013, instead focused their attention to clearing the debris in the Valley.

The clean-up campaign, led by Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, will engage a numerous government bodies, including various ministries, security personnel as well as local communities for a few weeks.

“We have been organising Clean Bagmati Campaign to improve the condition of the river and its surrounding environment every Saturday for the past 102 weeks,” said Paudyal, who participated in the campaign in Bhaktapur on Saturday morning. 

“But with many of the city’s buildings turned into rubble by the devastating earthquake, we need to focus on rebuilding the city by managing, collecting and removing the debris.” 

The clean-up campaign kicked off on Saturday by dividing the Valley, including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, into 17 areas with different authorities initiating the drive in 50 points. Besides the government officials and security personnel, construction entrepreneurs, representatives of various non-government organisations took part in the clean-up drive.

Published: 10-05-2015 08:48

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