KMC forms task force to manage garbage

Kathmandu, October 17:

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has recently formed a task force under the leadership of its officer Shankar Raj Kandel for sorting out all solid waste management-related problems in the Valley.

The KMC has issued an 11-point Terms of Reference (ToR) to the task force to study how the private sector could be involved for the effective and sustainable management of the solid waste.

The task force would study and analyse existing acts, policies and other problems of waste management and public-private partnership. It would also analyse the existing status of the KMC’s waste management system, work force and its technical and economic aspects. Resources, working area, procedure, reuse, people’s participation and monitoring process, collection, storage, transportation, processing and final outlet of garbage would also be studied, besides the contribution of private and community sector.

According to the ToR, the task force would study the agreements signed between the KMC and the private and community sector and its strong and weak aspects and the basis for the categorisation of service charges, the involvement of private sector in the management of solid waste at municipalities.

The panel would also discuss with private organisations concerned and experts and analyse advantages and disadvantages of involving the private sector in garbage management, among others.The task force includes chief of the Environment Department of KMC Rabin Man Shrestha and

Shriju Pradhan as members, while two representatives from the private sector are members. The task force is assigned to submit its report within 45 days.

Dinesh Thapaliya, chief executive officer of KMC, said all the problems related to private sector would be resolved by involving them in the management of solid waste of the city.