HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Disposal of waste generated in the Kathmandu Valley resumed today after a weeklong disruption as stakeholders agreed to resolve a dispute between drivers of waste carriers and locals living around the Sisdole landfill site.
After rounds of talks with Sisdole locals over the alleged beating of a driver of a KMC waste carrier and his aide at Sisdole, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, in coordination with security administration, reached an agreement, leading to the resumption of garbage disposal this morning, said Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of the KMC’s Environment Management Division.
With the landfill site virtually shut for a week, KMC had removed waste from the streets and transferred it to a station during that period.
While KMC has accused driver of a private truck of instigating Sisdole locals to beat its driver Surendra Chitrakar and his aide Maila Basnet after a dispute, the locals have accused the two KMC staffers of manhandling the truck driver from Sisdole.
“Both sides agreed not to resort to such acts and not to halt garbage disposal at any cost,” Shrestha said. “The victims will get due compensation as per the agreement,” he added.
Some 600 metric tonnes of waste is generated daily in the Kathmandu Valley with a population of 2.6 million and the Kathmandu metropolis with a population of around one million accounts for 350 metric tonnes of waste. Waste from Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City is also disposed at the Sisdole site.