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Garbage piles up in capital
« on: February 12, 2007, 07:33:00 AM »
KATHMANDU, Feb 10 - Garbage collection from the streets of the capital city remained affected for the third consecutive day Saturday after locals at Sisdole area obstructed its disposal at Okharpouwa Landfill Site.
Ramesh Prasad Poudel, president of Nepal Transport Employees Association at Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), said they have decided to stop collecting garbage until Sisdole locals agree to allow garbage disposal at the landfill site. "Altogether 15 garbage-loaded vehicles have been stranded at Sisdole since Thursday due to obstruction from the locals," he said.

KMC collects garbage at Teku Transfer Station before transporting it to Okharpouwa Landfill Site. "We could have managed garbage disposal at Teku Transfer Station itself for two days. But, we gave up that idea considering that this may prompt protest from local youth clubs at Teku," said Poudel.

Officials at KMC said at least 350 tons of solid waste is generated in KMC each day. Over 1,050 tons of garbage has already piled up in the streets of the capital city as of Saturday.

Locals at Sisdole have asked the government to develop various local infrastructure in return for allowing garbage disposal at Okharpouwa. These include construction of a health post, a drinking water supply system and electrification in the area. They have also asked the government to provide an ambulance and additional vacancies for teachers at local schools.

According to Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of Environment Department at KMC, the Ministry of Local Development (MoLD) and KMC have jointly pledged to provide Rs 8 million a year to Sisdole residents. He said that they have asked the ministries concerned to meet demands like electrification, a health post and additional teachers' vacancies. "We have not been able to release the pledged budget for carrying out the development activities as the locals have failed to form an all-party committee so far," said Shrestha.

The agitating locals had obstructed garbage disposal last month also, accusing the government of not responding to their demands. The locals had agreed later to allow the disposal, giving a 15-day ultimatum to the government to meet the demands.

MoLD on Wednesday held a meeting with representatives of Sisdole locals to inform them about initiatives taken by the government to address their demands. Representatives of different ministries including Water Resource, Health and Education and Sports, among others, attended the meeting. Agitating locals had decided to obstruct garbage disposal from Thursday, alleging that the government was not serious over their demands.

Surya Prasad Silwal, spokesperson at MoLD, said they have taken the demands put forth by the locals, seriously. He said that the Ministry of Water Resources has already allocated Rs 2.5 million for electrification and the Department of Road has also revised its budget to develop a road network in the area. He informed that the Ministry of Education and Sports has approved additional vacancies for teachers. "I do not see any reason for locals to obstruct garbage disposal. We have our own process. The process is not as quick as the locals want," he said.

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Re: Garbage piles up in capital
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2007, 09:33:01 AM »
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