26 tonnes of waste collected in Kathmandu

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Dec 30, 2018-

Twenty-six tonnes of waste was collected from Kathmandu Valley-based rivers and the Ring Road Area today. As part of the Bagmati Cleanup Mega Campaign, which is running in its 294th week, seven tonnes of waste alone was collected and managed from the Bagmati river, in the Thapathali bridge area, in Lalitpur.

At the programme, High-Powered Committee for the Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilisation chair Narendra Raj Basnet assured that by the 300th week of the campaign, the river in the Makalbari area will be ‘clean and restored’, making the river suitable for bathing. Ward chair Keshab Gurung pledged to completely prohibit the use of plastic bags around the river in the next six months.

According to Bagmati Beauty Concerned Forum chair Uttam Pudasaini, degradable and non-biodegradable garbage was managed separately. The Ratopul-Setopul-Rudranagar area (in its 249th week of the Rudramati Cleanup Campaign); the Manamaiju bridge area, along Tokha municipality-9 and Tarakeshwor municipality-10 (a part of the Bishnumati River Cleanup Campaign); the Manohara River, near Sanjaya Sai Ashram; the area from Gongabu Chowk to Samakhusi Chowk (in its 90th week of the Ring Road Cleanup Campaign) and the Aloknar area were also cleaned with a large participation of people today.

Former minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai joined the cleaning campaign at the Ring Road area and former urban development secretary Kishore Thapa participated in the campaign at Manohara, encouraging people to keep up with their participation.

The Bagmati River Mega Campaign was launched on May 19, 2013, which was

followed by the formation of many other cleanup campaigns that has helped create a nationwide momentum to clean the Bagmati. However, despite the efforts, expected results have remained unmet to date.

Published: 30-12-2018 08:11

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