Bagmati River clean-up mega drive enters 300th week

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Feb 10, 2019-

A special programme was organised in Sankhamul to mark the 300th week of the Bagmati River Clean-up Mega Campaign on Saturday.

The programme, which was organised by the Ministry of Urban Development, was attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Forests and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Urban Development Minister Mohammed Istiyak Rai, Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar, representatives from several social organisations and social workers.

On the occasion, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said the river clean-up mega campaign would be meaningful if our efforts to restore the river to its previous state were successful. He said joint efforts are needed to meet the desired achievement.

Gyawali also inaugurated 440 solar lamps installed at the Bagmati corridor to commemorate the 300th week of the Bagmati Clean-up Mega Campaign with the slogan ‘Cleanliness is My Identity: Cleaning is My Contribution’.

Minister Basnet said the Bagmati river clean-up campaign had sent a message across the nation, inspiring the public to initiate clean-up efforts at local/community levels. He said the government was planning to come up with a clear policy regarding the Bagmati cleaning efforts.

The Urban Development Minister underlined the need of restoring the river before the campaign reaches 400 weeks of operation. An active community participation is required to lead the campaign to success, he asserted.

Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar said the campaign has not only cleaned the Bagmati but has also taught the entire country to focus on cleanliness and sanitation. “This campaign has taught the nation and its people to clean the environment and the rivers. This campaign is not only about cleaning the Bagmati river; it’s about cleaning the nation as well,” she said.

The Water Supply Minister said that arrangements were being made to process the sewer that is drained into the Bagmati. Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development Dr Ramesh Prasad Singh underlined the need for expanding the campaign to clean other rivers.

Chief of the High-Powered Bagmati Heritage Integrated Development Board Ashish Ghimire and Bagmati Cleaning campaigner Dr Raju Adhikari said the campaign has achieved success due to the joint participation of the government and the community. Chairman of the then Interim Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi had initiated the Cleaning Mega Campaign on May 19, 2013.

On the occasion, Letters of Appreciation were presented to the Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Army for their contribution to the cleaning campaign.

Around 18,000 metric tonnes of waste has been removed so far under the Bagmati Cleaning Mega Campaign with the help of nearly a million volunteers and 1,800 organisations.

Published: 10-02-2019 11:06

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