Garbage disposal disrupted despite pact

KATHMANDU: A few persons of Aletar near Sisdole in Nuwakot obstructed the garbage disposal for six hours this morning, despite an assurance of landfill site locals never to disrupt the dumping of refuse in return for a development package.

“Some Aletar locals barred the trucks from dumping garbage at the site till noon but allowed it soon after,” said Rabin Man Shrestha, Chief, Environment Division, Kathmandu Metropolitan City. “Only 40 trucks of garbage were disposed at Sisdole landfill site today, against the daily average of 80.”

KMC officials said it would take at least three days to clear the valley streets of stinking garbage heaps. Ramesh Prasad Paudel, coordinator, Sisdole Sanitary Landfill Site Struggle Committee, however, feigned ignorance about the matter. “We will try to convince the people. The government has addressed most of our demands,” he said. “Yesterday’s agreement is a big achievement. The garbage disposal will not be halted.”

Dr Sumitra Amatya, general manager, Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre, said home ministry had been asked to provide security for the sanitation squad at the field.

She said anybody obstructing the garbage disposal should be brought to book. “A public offense case will be registered at the court against the vandals,” she added.