KATHMANDU: Garbage disposal was obstructed on fifth consecutive day today after locals of Chhatre Deurali Village Development Committee in Dhading district continued with their protests.
The agitating locals have been obstructing garbage disposal at Aletar landfill site since Monday, demanding implementation of the past agreements.
The locals have forwarded a 24-point demand paper and sought the distribution of development budget in equal proportions to the areas affected by the landfill site.
Dhan Bahadur Tamang, a local of Chhatre Deurali, said they would continue to disrupt garbage disposal at the landfill site until their demands were met. "We are ready to sit for talks but the government does not seem to be serious," Tamang alleged.
However, Dr Sumitra Amatya, general manager at the Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre under the Ministry of Local Development, said the locals failed to show up.
"We had scheduled talks on Wednesday, Thursday and today, but they did not turn up," she added. "They want us to provide a vehicle to pick them up."
The next round of talks has been scheduled for 9:00 am on Sunday at the ministry.
According to Kathmandu Metropolitan City, some 350 metric tonnes of garbage is produced everyday in Kathmandu and about 100 metric tonnes in Lalitpur.
However, Dr Amatya said five trucks of garbage were disposed at Aletar with the help of police yesterday.
"We dumped five trucks of waste in Tikasthali, bordering VDC of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts today," she said. "Garbage will be disposed on private lands."