Cleaning up Bagmati

May 12, 2009

KATHMANDU, May 2 – Owing to political leaders’ lack of commitment and serious analysis on long-term waste management, Kathmandu Valley is facing serious waste management problems time and again, blamed experts on Friday.Bhusan Tuladhar, an environmentalist, said, “Rapid urbanisation as well as Valley’s wastes have been ill-managed due to government inaction and poor plans.”

“Everyone found it convenient to dump their waste by riverbanks rather than look for alternatives to use the waste as an income source,” he said.

According to him, Valley’s waste is an important source of compost manure for agriculture farms as about 80 percent of waste generated inside Valley is degradable.

Tuladhar also said that the government should strictly enforce legal procedures to evacuate illegal settlements along riversides, a major source of pollution along the Bagmati River and its tributaries.

There is a need to operate the waste water plants located in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts for the treatment of the waste water discharged in the Bagmati River and its tributaries through the drainage and sewerage system inside the Valley, environmentalists said. 

Meanwhile, on the occasion of International Labour Day, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST) on Friday morning organised a ‘Bagmati Clean Campaign’ at UN Park, Thapathali to bring together both locals and political leaders to take initiative to keep Bagmati River free from pollution.


Speaking during the programme, Ganesh Shah, environment minister said, “Every citizen living inside Kathmandu valley is obliged to clean Bagmati River as they are the ones who polluted the river,” he said, “There is a need of joint commitment from the locals and all political leaders to make Bagmati clean and green for our coming generations”.

Thousands of people including more than 300 armed police personnel, local political leaders, locals and media persons were mobilised for the Bagmati Clean Campaign along the river located at Thapathali area on Friday.  

Another speaker, Pumpha Bhusal, minister for general administration said, the government is committed to control the encroachment on river side in the name of squatters. “Land encroachment is a play of land mafias under the patronage of political parties. We will seriously work to control illegal settlements along riversides,” she said.


2 Responses to “Cleaning up Bagmati”

  1. I think you are easily the most tech savvy of all ministers in Nepal’s cabinet. Congratulations.

  2. abhinav Says:

    its totally nice to see minister himself cleaning bagmati river……………otherwise rest of the minister are ready to clean nepalese economic.

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