Bagmati Festival to be organised on Saturday

Kathmandu, August 26:

The Nepal River Conservation Trust is going to organise Bagmati Festival on August 30 to raise awareness on conserving the Bagmati river and to motivate the people for positive change.

Growing urban population and industrialisation have exerted extreme pressure on the river.

The festival aims to give first hand experience and knowledge to the people of degrading condition of the river and strengthen public participation to undertake conservation initiatives, said Megh Ale, president of the Nepal River Conservation Trust .

The festival will comprise ‘Run for Bagmati’ along the bank of the river, Heritage Walk along the riverbank, Friendship Float (rafting in the river) and Bagmati Live Aid (a musical programme intended to motivate youths for conservation) under the participation of leaders, social activists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, students and other stakeholders.

“This is a platform where all people including the government, Non Government Organisations and entrepreneurs could experience the necessity to save the river,” Ale said.

“It is a festival of the 21st century where all the religions will celebrate with a common purpose to revive the lost glory of the river”. Ale added.

National Trust for Nature Conservation, ICIMOD, WWF, Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon and other organisations have extended support for the festival.