Garbage collection resumes in Kathmandu, major thoroughfares yet to be cleared off wastes

Published On: September 4, 2021 03:51 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, September 4: Although garbage collection resumed in the Kathmandu Valley a few days ago, the major thoroughfares of the Valley are still littered by solid waste. 

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) had positively intervened for garbage collection that was halted for 18 days and garbage has been collected since last Wednesday. Despite the resumption, Kalanki, Kalimati and Khasi Bazar, among other places, public thoroughfares had mounds of garbage piled up one over another.

Locals of the Sisdol Landfill Site in Nuwakot district had objected to the dumping of garbage and the garbage collectors had also halted collecting garbage in Kathmandu which led to heaps of uncollected garbage on the road sides and thoroughfares in 18 local units of the district.

The incessant rain had also played spoilsport in the garbage collection and dumping process of the Metropolis garbage. According to Hari Kumar Shrestha, chief of the Department of Environment at KMC, all solid wastes piled up at various places of Kathmandu will be collected within three days.

KMC estimated that a total of 15,000 metric tons of garbage had accumulated in various places of Kathmandu in the span of 18 days. 

KMC has been collecting around 1,200 metric tons of garbage from the Kathmandu Valley on a daily basis and disposing it at Sisdol. Kathmandu district alone sees around 500 metric tons of waste in a day.


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