Political parties' apathy toward Kaligandaki conservation draws flak

Published On: May 11, 2022 02:18 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BAGLUNG, May 11: The 'Save Kaligandaki Campaign' has expressed displeasure over the political parties' indifference to include the agenda of Kaligandaki River conservation in their election manifestos. 

The campaign has drawn a conclusion that it was a weakness on part of the political parties to underestimate the crisis deepening in the Kaligandaki due to human encroachment and observe silence on such a sensitive issue. 

The Campaign's Coordinator Rk Adipta Giri expressed serious objection to the indifference of the political actors. Candidates of the region and their political parties are turning a deaf ear to Kali Gandaki conservation, he added. 

"What is the stance and commitment of the parties on ecological affairs? What is the plan for conservation? These are some pertinent things to be reflected in the political parties' election manifestos", he emphasized. "Unchecked human encroachment has pushed the rivers, including Kaligandaki into crisis. Who will conserve these heritages? Kaligandaki is not only a river but also a civilization so its conservation should not be ignored", coordinator Giri noted.            

"The river has seen uncontrolled human encroachment in the name of extraction of stones and pebbles. Citizens themselves should be sensitive to conserve the civilization of Kaligandaki", he explained. 

Some candidates have slightly mentioned the rivers management for biodiversity in their manifestos which do not explicitly emphasize on Kali Gandaki conservation. 

The Kali Gandaki is a main river system of the central part of Nepal which flows south through Damodar Kunda and Mukti Chhetra. 


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