Nepal | May 26, 2020

Government prepares to launch Air Pollution Control Action Plan

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
Kathmandu Valley air pollution, dust pollution

File – Vehicles passing through a badly damaged road section of Ring Road, at Satdobato, Lalitpur, on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Photo: THT

Kathmandu, April 14

The government is preparing to launch an air pollution control action plan in a bid to combat air pollution in the Valley. According to the Department of Environment, while the action plan will have not have immediate solutions, it will form a guide to short-term, mid-term, and long-term solutions to combat the Valley’s increasing air pollution.

The department said a draft of the action plan has already been prepared and is under discussion with stakeholders to receive their opinions. “We intend to launch the action plan either on the first week of Ashadh this year, or by the end of the current Nepali fiscal year,” Senior Divisional Chemist of the department Shankar Prasad Paudel told The Himalayan Times, adding, “The plan has set short-term, mid-term, and long-term targets, and outlines guidelines to reach the targets.”

Paudel added that a final draft will be prepared after consultation with experts and stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment has also finalised the draft of the National Pollution Control Strategy and Action Plan.

The draft proposes to establish an Environment Protection and Climate Change Council to address the issues of environment protection and climate change. As per the draft, the EPCCC will be chaired by the prime minister, the environment and population minister will take the position of vice-chair, and the secretary at the ministry will fill the position of the member secretary of the council. The council will have a total of 41 members.

Similarly, the draft also proposes forming a Strategy and Action Plan Implementation Coordination Committee, and a Strategy and Action Plan Implementation Unit. While the government has set up air quality monitoring stations in the Valley, there is no government record for levels of water, noise, and visual pollution.

The ongoing Melamchi project is digging trenches and laying pipes for the distribution of drinking water, increasing dust pollution in Kathmandu Valley.

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City said it plans to import five road broomers, two tree planting machines, and five water tanks at the earliest to immediately address the problem of dust pollution.

A version of this article appears in print on April 15, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Drunken man murders spouse in Udaypur

GAIGHAT: A man has murdered his wife after consumption of alcohol in Rautamai Rural Municipality-8 of Udaypur district, on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Dil Maya Tamang, 43, of the Rural Municipality. According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Bir Bahadur Budha Magar at the Distr Read More...

Highlights from today’s media briefing on COVID-19 response

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates from across the country on government’s response to COVID-19 crisis. As of today, 51,642 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method and 95,192 Rapid Diagnostic Tests Read More...

VIDEO: COVID-19 count reaches 682 with six new infections, one fatality

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has shared its latest updates on COVID-19 response from across the country, as of today. The total number of coronavirus infection in the country has reached 682 with six new cases, in addition to the 72 identified earlier today, and one fatality. Read More...

VIDEO: PM KP Sharma Oli's address to the nation

Kathmandu, May 25 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's address to the nation     Read More...

Dean Elgar

Elgar eyes South Africa test captaincy

CAPE TOWN: Dean Elgar would be willing to become South Africa’s next test captain as speculation about who will replace Faf du Plessis gathers momentum. Elgar, who turns 33 next month, put his hand up in an interview with Cricket South Africa (CSA), released on Monday, and joins Aiden Mar Read More...

FILE - In this April 30, 2016 file photo Dortmund's Mats Hummels kicks the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg in Dortmund, Germany. Photo: AP

Dortmund's Hummels, Witsel set for return in Bayern game says coach

BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels and Axel Witsel look set to be fit in time for Tuesday's Bundesliga big game against leaders Bayern Munich, with the Ruhr valley club attempting to cut the gap and stay in the running for the title. Second-placed Dortmund, four points behind the Bava Read More...

25 people recover from COVID-19; nationwide recovery tally reaches 112

KATHMANDU: Twenty-five persons earlier diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, admitted at different health facilities across the country, have been discharged following recovery, confirmed the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). Eighteen persons of Chhapkaiya in Parsa district -- all of Read More...

NPC-NPI meet on virtual 'Policy Dialogue post COVID-19'

KATHMANDU: The National Planning Commission (NPC) and Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) held the first meeting in the series of NPI-NPC Policy Dialogue post COVID-19 via Zoom conference. Several experts from NPI Global experts community of Nepali origin and NPI Board members based in South East As Read More...