Garbage dumping to resume today

KATHMANDU: Dumping of garbage produced in the three districts of Kathmandu Valley is likely to resume on Friday after two days of disruption.

Okharpauwa locals barred 29 trucks carrying garbage from dumping their load in the Sisdole landfill site for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

“We had a meeting with all the political parties today,” said Dr Sumitra Amatya, general manager, Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRMC) under the KMC. “The meeting, concluding that the 40-point demand was irrational, agreed to resume garbage dumping on Friday.”

The meeting was attended by 26 representatives from the UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML today. However, the Maoist leaders from Dhading, who could convince their cadres not to obstruct the waste disposal activities, did not attend the meeting, according to the KMC. A group of six people led by Shyam Sundar Balami visited the SWMRMC on Tuesday to register their 40-point demand. The KMC rejected it saying that it has to be brought through the users’ committees and the all-party mechanism of the VDC. The demands included budget for irrigation, road, drinking water and job quota. As promised, they blocked the metropolis trucks beginning yesterday. The KMC spends about Rs 100,000 in fuel and allowance for drivers to ferry the waste to Sisdole everyday.

Shaligram Rijal, under-secretary and assistant executive, KMC, said signs were that they would allow the disposal on Friday.

Amatya said the civic body has asked the government for security in garbage disposal.