Nepal | July 16, 2020

KMC struggles with waste management

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Sanitation workers are not prepared for scheduled garbage pickup

Kathmandu, March 28

Sheer negligence of the government towards waste management has posed another health risk to Katmanduities, who have been observing lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19.

Lack of sanitary landfill site inside Kathmandu valley and frequent obstruction by the locals in Sisdol Landfill Site of Okharpauwa, Nuwakot, in disposing garbage has hindered waste management of the valley by Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

After the government imposed nationwide lockdown to contain spread of COVID-19, Okharpauwa locals had warned KMC against transporting and disposing the valley waste at the landfill site.

Sanitation workers, who carry out hazardous taskd, are not prepared for scheduled garbage pickup amid fear of being infected with COVID-19, due to lack of adequate protective gear. They have been living in fear of coronavirus infection as the number of COVID-19 cases grows.

Waste management is one among 19 areas of essential services fixed by the government and the lockdown is not applicable for the agencies and employees working in this sector.

The government has not been able to fully implement provisions related to delivery and supply of essential services. Garbage pickers have also been adopting social distancing in the wake of the disease outbreak.

Kathmandu denizens worry over indiscriminate dumping of waste in residential areas, which could lead to spread of communicable diseases.

KMC has appealed to valley residents to manage household waste in their own homes. But that is not possible in a city where more than half of the population live in rented rooms or houses.

Ministry of Home Affairs claimed that it had solved problems created by locals in Okharpauwa and the valley would be cleared of garbage soon. MoHA yesterday held a meeting with the concerned local levels, including KMC for waste collection, transportation and disposal. It said the government was well prepared to empty household trash bins.

Joint Secretary Kedarnath Sharma, MoHA spokesperson said security personnel would escort garbage trucks to the landfill site.

Waste collected from 18 local levels in the valley has been dumped at Sisdol Landfill Site for the past 13 years. Around 1,000 metric tonnes of waste is generated in the valley on a daily basis. Around 35 private organisations have been collecting waste from doorsteps.

A version of this article appears in print on March 29, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Nepali photo-journalists condemn unprofessional behaviour of media houses during crisis

KATHMANDU: Photo Journalist Club (PJC) and National Forum of Photo Journalists (NFPJ) have condemned the attitude of media houses failing to provide professional security to working photo-journalists amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, PJC and NFPJ jointly issued a press release sta Read More...


Twitter silences some verified accounts after wave of hacks

SAN FRANCISCO - Multiple high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked on Wednesday, with some of the platform's top voices - including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former U.S. President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk, among many others - used Read More...

2.36 million Nepalis scared of losing home or land

KATHMANDU, JULY 15 Around 2.36 million adult Nepalis expect to be forced out of their homes against their will in the next five years, a ground-breaking study has shown. Nepal’s scorecard, however, is relatively better than the global average, in which about one in five adults (19 per cent) Read More...

High-profile twitter accounts hacked in Bitcoin scam

KATHMANDU: In an episode of a very conspicuous security breach on a social media site, a wave of high-profile Twitter account hacks to offer fake Bitcoin deals sent alerts flying in the wee hours Thursday. The official Twitter accounts of billionaires Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos were h Read More...

Armed Police Force Senior Superintendent of Police held on rape charge

POKHARA, JULY 15 Police today arrested an Armed Police Force Senior Superintendent of Police on the charge of raping a woman in Kaski. Acting on the complaint of the victim, a police team led by Superintendent of Police Jevan Kumar Shrestha of Kaski District Police Office arrested SSP Rajendra Read More...

Twitter Hack Update: Coordinated social engineering attack, says Twitter

KATHMANDU: Multiple high profile Twitter accounts were hacked in the wee hours of Thursday morning, soliciting Bitcoin donations. Accounts of millionaires, US politicians, musicians and corporations were compromised in the crypto currency scam. Initially, Twitter prevented at least some verifi Read More...

PM Oli's Ayodhya claim ends possibility of talks with India: Nepali Congress VP

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress Vice-president Bimalendra Nidhi has termed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s claim that Thori village in Parsa is the real Ayodhya and the birthplace of Lord Ram baseless, irrelevant and objectionable. Nidhi said both Hindus and non-Hindus accepted from time immemorial t Read More...

DoA to undertake research on Lord Ram’s birthplace

KATHMANDU, JULY 15 The Department of Archaeology has said it would begin archaeological studies on the possibility of Lord Ram’s birth place being in Nepal, following Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s recent statement that the Hindu god was born in the Himalayan country. Damodar Gautam, Direc Read More...