Cap­i­tal faces garbage prob­lem, no im­me­di­ate solution in sight

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

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.

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