When will the blocked sewer under the KMC office be cleared?

Published On: July 20, 2022 12:30 PM NPT By: Arun Bam

KATHMANDU, July 20: The plan to clear a sewer under the office of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is going to move ahead. After 51 days since Balendra Shah took over as the KMC mayor, the plan to solve the problem is going to move forward.

The metropolitan office was functioning from the historic Bagdurbar in Sundhara. After the 2015 earthquake damaged the building, it is now being renovated. Therefore, the metropolis is running its office by renting the fifth and sixth floors of the multi-purpose private building JDA Complex. There is the office of the mayor, deputy mayor and chief administrative officer in the complex.

After the prison security police built structures such as a canteen, a shower tap, and a tank on the sewer, the sewer collapsed and was blocked. In this way, after the collapse and blockage of the sewer, the sewage flowing into the drain has been accumulating in the parking area under the JDA complex and China Town for three years.

The reason for the creation of the sewer is the damage to the old sewer that flew through this area. There is a 16-feet Rajkulo built during the Rana period for drainage from Newrod, Sundhara to Bagdurbar area that passes from below the ChinaTown and JDA Complex and passes behind the Central Jail at Bhotebahal upto Teku.

The local residents hoped that this problem would be solved by the new KMC Mayor Shah. They believed that within a few days of Shah becoming the mayor, the problem would be resolved and the stench would disappear. However, 51 days have passed since he took the initiative to solve this problem. Locals said that on the 51st day of his appearance at the office, he is about to make a plan.

According to Nirmal Shrestha, president of China Town Kawal Dhani Sangh, an agreement was signed between the Metropolis and the Sewerage Consumer Committee on Tuesday for the plan. An agreement has been reached  that 90 percent of the investment will be borne by the metropolis and 10 percent by the consumer committee for this project, which will be built at a total cost of Rs 1,786,000.

Shrestha said that the discussions with the locals, KUKL, prison security and NEA for drainage have almost reached the solution. It has been agreed that the metropolis will coordinate with the government bodies concerned. Similarly, the consumer committee will coordinate with the prison and the locals. Shrestha, president of the China Town Kawal Dhani Sangh, said that he is also the chairman of the consumer committee.


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