KMC releases funds for garbage row

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu Metropolitan City today agreed to provide funds for drinking water and irrigation projects in Nuwakot’s Okharpauwa VDC, after locals obstructed the dumping of garbage this morning.

“The KMC has agreed to provide Rs 2 lakhs to carry out the drinking water project in the current fiscal,” said Jeet Bahadur Balami, an Okharpauwa local and a member of the talks team. The problem of garbage dumping has been settled for now.

Balami said the irrigation project would be implemented in the next fiscal beginning mid-July. “The amount to be spent on the project is yet to be finalised,” he said.

A group of Okharpauwa residents came to the KMC today and bargained afresh for compensation for allowing the dumping of garbage in their area, four months after a deal was struck between them and the KMC.

In January, the residents had barred the dumping of garbage produced in the Valley for three weeks. The row had ended when the locals were lured with electricity, road and education. Balami said the implementation of the same had now begun.

The metropolis has pledged Rs 10 million each for the road and electricity projects.