Kathmandu: Six metric tons of garbage has been managed by cleaning the Bagmati bank of Sinamangal area. During the 467th week of the Bagmati Sanitation Campaign and the 367th week of the Tilganga Women's Group, six metric tons of garbage was cleaned and managed in the area, campaigner Kishore Singh Shahi told RSS.
Chairman of the empowered Bagmati Civilization Integrated Development Committee Uddhav Prasad Timilsina, Project Head Navraj Pyakurel, Bagmati Garbage Elimination Consumer Committee, Civil Capital Market Pvt. The committee and Bagmati activists and locals were active.
Trees have been planted near Sinamangal Bagmati Bridge on the occasion of Earth Day. Dr. Mala Kharel, managing member of the empowered Bagmati Committee, informed that camphor and bay leaves have been planted. He also said that a lot of garbage has accumulated on the river bank. The campaign for public awareness has been given continuity even though there is no point in cleaning or not cleaning the garbage accumulated on the river bank.
The Safai Maha Abhiyan, which started on 19th May, 2013 AD, is running continuously for two hours every Saturday morning. The cleaning campaign has not been stopped even in adverse conditions including winter, summer, rain and festivals. Influenced by the Maha Abhiyan, the Bagmati tributary river cleaning campaign has also started in the Kathmandu Valley. Currently, 25 places in the capital are being cleaned.
Similarly, major cities, rivers and cultural heritage sites outside the Kathmandu Valley are also being cleaned. It is said that cleaning is being done in 109 places outside the capital. Similarly, various sections of Bagmati including Rudramati, lower and upper part of Vishnumati, Manohara, northern and western parts of Chakrapath have also been cleaned.
Cleaning is also underway at Godavari Khola in Lalitpur and Hanumante in Bhaktapur. Despite the nationwide clean-up campaign being carried out by the activists, the local government has not provided the required support. Garbage management is the responsibility of the local government but they have not shown interest in working. Garbage has not been collected in the Kathmandu Valley for more than a month which has sent a negative message to tourists as garbage has not been collected.
Similarly, the local government has remained silent even in the tourist city of Pokhara for a long time. People are angry that the local government has failed in garbage management. The local government has remained silent even as garbage has been dumped on the river banks in Kathmandu Valley and on the banks of lakes in Pokhara.
Local governments have avoided waste management as if it were not their job. Some campaigners, on the other hand, have called on the leaders of the political parties who come to seek votes during the local elections to ask questions on the issue. Most of the local level leaders elected from the local level election of 2017 AD have not given priority to waste management. RSS