Garbage woes spill over

KATHMANDU; Garbage disposal has been frequently disrupted as the

locals of Sisdole come up

with demands every now

and then. Recently, demanding job opportunities for women, a group from

Chatre Deurali Village Development Committee-6 in Dhading had threatened to obstruct the waste disposal at Aletar landfill site.

However, the demand of the group was addressed in a dialogue, preventing the valley from stinking again.

“Talks held today have reached an agreement,” said Rabin Man Shrestha,

chief, environment management, KMC. “The garbage disposal will resume from tomorrow,” he added.

Earlier, an 11-point ultimatum that included carrying out development works, providing an ambulance, establishing health post, among others, was submitted by a local, Bhavana Karki to the Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRMC). Shrestha, however, maintained that an agreement to that end had already been reached.

The garbage disposal site came into operation in 2005 but the dumping has been disrupted 55 times (32 times by the locals) since then.

According to the KMC, about Rs 100,000 is spent daily to dispose the garbage at the site. The SWMRMC had agreed to address the demands raised by the Sisdole locals regarding the development works seven weeks ago.

According to KMC, the Chatre Deurali case is just a recurrence of similar incidents earlier.