Print Edition - 2018-01-13 | News
Students protest deteriorating air quality of Capital
Jan 13, 2018-A student delegation bearing a polybag of dust and a pollution mask called on Kathmandu deputy mayor Hari Prabha Khadgi on Friday to draw the latter’s attention towards growing problem of air pollution in the capital city.
It was a symbolic protest against air pollution organised by Nepal Student Union (NSU), the student wing of the Nepali Congress.
Prior to their meeting with the deputy mayor, the students had staged an hour-long sit-in outside the KMC office.
Kathmandu is fast becoming an unlivable city due to worsening air pollution and it is high time for the city authorities to act, NSU Vice President Nabin Rai said.
According to deputy mayor Khadgi, pipeline installation for the Melamchi Drinking Water Project and the ongoing road expansion works are major contributors to deteriorating air quality of Kathmandu.
She claimed that the KMC was holding discussions with the concerned sides to fix the problem at the earliest.
According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, air pollution causes over 9,000 deaths every year. Thirty-six people out of every 100,000 in Nepal die from outdoor air pollution, which can lead to heart diseases, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and stroke.
In 2012, coronary artery disease and stroke had killed more than 3,000 people in the country.
Published: 13-01-2018 08:01