Garbage collection obstructed

- Anup Ojha, Kathmandu

Aug 13, 2017-Garbage collection has been disrupted in Kathmandu Valley due to incessant rainfall and damage to roads leading to Okharpauwa, Kathmandu Metropolitan City officials have said.

Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of the Environment Division at the KMC, said waste management would be halted until the rain stopped. Efforts to repair road sections were hampered by rain, he added.

According to Chandra Bahadur Shrestha Balami, chairman of Kakani Rural Municipality-2, road has been obstructed in four places: Bhatkeko Goth in Tarkereshwor Municipality, and Thulo Khola, Gangatar and Simtar in Kakani.

Locals blamed the metropolis for the impassable road sections. “The KMC filled roads with mud instead of gravel,” Balami charged.

Last week, Okharpauwa locals obstructed access to the landfill site, stopping pick-up trucks carrying waste from Kathmandu Valley citing the KMC’s failure to properly manage waste, particularly during monsoon. The locals had lifted obstruction after 

a visit by KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya to the landfill site.

On Friday 80 pick-up vans ferried 800 tonnes of garbage from Kathmandu to Okharpauwa. Kathmandu Valley produces 800 tonnes of solid waste each day.

Published: 13-08-2017 07:40

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