Kathmandu, October 25
Mayors of the metropolitan cities and municipalities in Kathmandu valley have pledged to work together to reduce air pollution. They made this commitment at the Mayors’ Summit on Air Pollution here today.
The summit was organised by Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Clean Energy Nepal and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. The mayors said concerted efforts were needed to address the problem of air pollution as it was a common problem.
Kathmandu Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya pointed out the need for effective coordination and cooperation among the federal, provincial and local governments to check pollution.
Lalitpur Mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan described air pollution as the biggest problem in Kathmandu Valley and said the sole efforts of the local levels would not be effective in addressing the problem.
ICIMOD Director General David Molden expressed his organisation’s support for efforts to control pollution. Ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria said Kathmandu valley could learn a lot from the experience of Mexico City in controlling air pollution.
Regional Programme Manager of ICIMOD Dr Araniko Pandey and Chairperson of Clean Energy Nepal Bhusan Tuladhar spoke about air pollution in Kathmandu valley and measures to resolve the problem.
Similarly, mayors of Gokarneshwor, Suryabinayak, Nagarjun, Madhyapur Thimi, Mahalaxmi and Budhanilkantha municipalities stressed the need for coordination to check air pollution and promote greenery in Kathmandu valley.
Mayors and deputy mayors of two metropolitan cities and 16 municipalities in the valley attended the summit.
A version of this article appears in print on October 26, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.