HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Local people of Nuwakot and Dhading districts have obstructed waste disposal at Sisdole Landfill Site, saying Kathmandu Valley, a proposed New state cannot dump its waste in another state.
The Sisdole area falls in the border zone of Nuwakot and Dhading districts.
“We protested the disposal of waste generated from Kathmandu in Sisdole,” said Narendra Prasad Phuyal, member of the Joint Struggle Committee. “Why should we suffer because of others’ waste problem?” he questioned.
Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) is in favour of making Kathmandu Valley a Newa State, while Dhading and Nuwakot fall under Tamsaling State.
If the state is divided on the basis of ethnicity, disposal of waste produced inside Kathmandu will not be allowed at Sisdole, said Phuyal. “On the other hand, it is quite unjust to dispose one state’s waste in another state,” he added. “So we are going to obstruct waste disposal, beginning today.”
Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of the Environment Management Division at Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), said only three trucks of waste were disposed and about seven metric tonnes by the private sector at Sisdole before 6:00 am today. “Sisdole locals did not allow vehicles carrying waste to enter the landfill site area, claiming that Sisdole falls under Tamsaling State,” he said.
Phuyal said the government used force to dispose about 10 metric tonnes of waste at Sisdole today.