Bagmati campaign going strong

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 15, 2015-

Newly appointed chief secretary Somlal Subedi took over as the patron of Clean Bagmati Campaign which reached its 118th week on Saturday with an appeal to citizens to take part in protecting Bagmati civilisation.

Subedi became the leader of the cleanup campaign by default after replacing outgoing chief secretary Leelamani Poudyal who initiated the campaign in May 2013. Subedi has vowed to continue the good work urging unity among stakeholders.

The occasion was celebrated by organising Bagmati River Festival 2015 with ‘Dungaa Diplomacy’ as the theme. As part of the celebration, distinguished guests including government secretaries, political leaders, lawmakers, officials from security bodies and diplomats took boat rides from Hatyamochan Ghat at Jorpati to Pashupatinath Temple along the Bagmati River. Dungaa means boat in Nepali.

Speaking at Pashupatinath Temple Poudyal said that it is the responsibility of all Valley denizens to clean Bagmati and expressed optimism that the river will once again be pollution free. Member secretary of Pashupati Area Development Trust Gobinda Tandan stressed on the need of raising public awareness and participation.

Officials also released 3,500 fry in the river along with water collected from 33 different rivers across the country. A total of 900 organisations and about 400,000 people have participated in the cleanup campaign till date.

Published: 16-08-2015 09:49

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