Aletar locals, govt to hold talks

KATHMANDU: Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre under the Ministry of Local Development is holding talks with Aletar locals tomorrow regarding job opportunities for them -- a crucial aspect of settling the garbage row.

The SWMRMC has decided to employ 15 local residents in garbage management providing each a daily wage of Rs 185 to pave way for disposing of garbage produced in the Kathmandu valley at Aletar of Nuwakot district. Some residents of the landfill site, have, however, demanded a job for each of the 42 households, threatening to disrupt dumping there.

Dr Sumitra Amatya, general manager, SWMRMC, said a talk with local representatives, political parties and 15 perspective candidates for the job would be held tomorrow to seek a solution. “The chosen 15 are committed to end the row by convincing the locals,” she said, expecting a deal by Friday.

Meanwhile, the SWMRMC is busy clearing hurdles on the road that leads to Sisdole, created by mudslides after the continual rain. “We are also working on a garage and a shelter for sanitation staff in the site,” Amatya added.

The long-used Sisdole landfill site has run out of capacity. As an alternative, nearby Aletar is expected to come into operation soon to dump about 400 metric tonnes of garbage produced in Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts everyday.