Bagmati River cleanup drive marks five years

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

May 20, 2018-

The Bagmati River Cleanup Mega Campaign completed five-year journey on Saturday, with more than 20,000 tonnes of waste removed from the river and river banks in 45 places during this period. Thousands of participants volunteered in the campaign held every Saturday.

A candle lit ceremony was held on Saturday evening to mark the occasion.

However, the campaign has yet to achieve the desired result.

Narendra Raj Basnet, the 11th chair of the High Powered Bagmati Clean Up campaign, accepts the reality “The river is still polluted and much more needs to be done to restore Bagmati River to its former glory, he said.

The campaign continued on Saturday, with participants removing a total of 35 tonnes of waste from the Kathmandu Valley-based rivers and the Ring Road areas.

Under the Bagmati River Cleaning Mega Campaign, which entered the 262nd week today, a total of 10 tonnes of waste was removed from  Sankhamul area.

Over 800 representatives from the High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Muktinath Development Bank, Reiyukai, Nyano Sparsha Foundation and Thakuri Society took part in the campaign, according to a campaigner with Mala Kharel.

Bagmati Civilisation civic Ambassador and Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, former secretary Kishor Thapa and committee Chair Basnet led the campaign on the day.

Bagmati Beauty Concerned Forum; Kanti Bhairav Gurukul; Pudasaini Friendship Society and Ramro Jorpati, Hamro Jorpati were among the contributors to the campaign focused on the area above the Guheshwari Area Tenle area. The cleanup campaign there  reached the 223rd week on Saturday.

Under the Rudramati River Cleaning Campaign, a tonne of waste was collected and from the area between Ratopul and Kamalpokhari. The campaign, which entered to 224th week, collected two metric ton of waste on Satuday.

The Manohara River was also cleaned up, with the volunteers removing a tonne of waste from the Jatibuti bridge area.

Similarly, 200 people participated in the in the 189th week of the Bishnumati River Cleaning Campaign, ridding eight tonnes of waste from the Gongabu Ganesthan area in Tokha Municipality-9.

More than 450 people participated in the Ring Road Clean-up Campaign and removed eight tonnes of garbage from the areas between the Tribhuvan International Airport and Tilganga.

Marking the 58th week of the clean-up drive at Aloknagar Area in Kathmandu Metropolitan City-31, the Matrishakti Cleanliness Group conducted a public awareness programme on the importance of cleanliness of community, campaign coordinator Pramila Poudel said.

There was an enthusiastic participation of locals in the Bafal area along the Ring Road, with volunteers collecting 10 tonnes of waste materials.

Published: 20-05-2018 07:03

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