January 23, 2021 04:29 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Jan 23: About 10 metric tonnes of waste was managed from Bagmati River on Saturday.
Today is the 402nd week of the Bagmati Cleanup Mega Campaign. As a part of the campaign, about 100 volunteers gathered at Bagmati River banks near Minbhawan area and collected the garbage, Govinda Kafle, a volunteer of the campaign, said.
The cleanup campaign was being regularly conducted for the past seven years every Saturday but it was interrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak and its risk.
The campaign was later expanded to cleanup moves in other rivers in the Valley including Bishnumati, Manohara, Rudramati and Ring Road areas as well.
The Bagmati Beautification Program that is underway with a loan assistance from the Asian development Bank (ADB) too is not yet concluded. This project has been hampered by the delay in providing compensation for land and removing the slums constructed by squatters encroaching upon the land on the river bank.
Board member of the High-powered Bagmati Committee, Dr Mala Kharel said the river beautification works are to be carried out after reaching an understanding with the slum dwellers on the bank of the Bagmati River in the Naya Baneshwar and Sinamangal areas.