KATHMANDU, August 25: The Kathmandu Valley residents are having a serious problem as the garbage collection in the valley has come to a halt since last Monday.
It has been 10 days since garbage has not been collected from the houses of Kathmandu residents. These people are facing a problem as they are not able to manage the waste at their homes. According to the Environment Department of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), the problems in waste management have arisen due to regular rains.
Sisdol, the landfill site where garbage from 18 local units of the Valley is dumped, is full. For the past one week, garbage collection in the valley has been disrupted. On August 16, the Office of Municipal Executive of KMC issued a public notice urging the public not to dispose of the garbage outside their homes.
It has been a week since the notice was released, but the garbage management issue is still unresolved. This has led to the spread of stench along the river banks and roadsides. Hari Kumar Shrestha, chief of the Environment Department of KMC informed Republica that the problem intensified as the Ministry of Urban Development did not complete the construction of the long-term landfill site on time. He said, "The problem will not be resolved until the construction work is not completed at Bancharedanda. Currently, it is nearly impossible to manage waste at Sisdol,” he said.
In 2005, a landfill site with a capacity of two years' waste management was constructed at Sisdol. Every day, 1,200 metric tons of garbage from Kathmandu was being managed at Sisdol, of which, the maximum garbage is collected from KMC- 500 metric tons. In the past, about 200 private as well as KMC’s garbage vehicles used to reach there. But now, hardly 50 vehicles reach the landfill site.
Right now, a landfill site is under construction at Bancharedanda which is just two kilometers away from Sisdol.