Capital faces garbage problem, no immediate solution in sight
The entire valley has now turned into dumping sites, thanks to the inefficiency of the government and municipal authorities. The problem of garbage management recurred when the Sisdol landfill site in Nuwakot got filled and the government failed to develop alternative landfill site. Although the government managed to dump the garbage in the Sisdol for next three months, if an alternative to the existing disposal site is not sought for immediately. The problem of garbage management is increasing day by day in the capital city with increase in population. But the government has not built another dumping site and the Sisdole was developed as a temporary landfill site to dump the valley garbage until 2005. But even in 2018, the government has been using the same dumping site! Garbage management would turn into a serious issue for the valley denizens if authorities concerned did not find a long term solution for it. The Kathmandu Valley generates 1,000 metric tons of garbage on a daily basis while Kathmandu Metropolis alone produces 500 metric tons of garbage. Some 75 per cent of waste materials collected from Kathmandu are managed in Sisdole landfill site. It is said that it will take at least three years to prepare Bancharedanda, the proposed new landfill site for waste disposal that lies some two kilometres away from the existing landfill site in Nuwakot. Temporary landfill site is required until Bancharedanda is prepared as a permanent site for waste disposal. The Sisdole site has been so packed that it is likely to overflow. The site was constructed in 2005 BS with the capacity to deposit garbage only for a period of two years post its construction. The site, however, has been expanded four times so far in a bid to increase its capacity. However, KMC is trying to shy away from the responsibility to manage the valley's waste by saying that federal government is responsible to build a garbage dumping site at Bancharedanda as a permanent solution. The piling garbage heaps has not only made mockery of the two-thirds government but also has posed threat to human health. The people face dust, mud and stench due to the garbage accumulated everywhere in the city.