Kathmandu, September 7
The National Human Rights Commission today said it was concerned about the adverse impacts on the health of general public due the problems of sanitation and clean environment in Kathmandu valley and that it would hold a discussion with chiefs of various government agencies on Sunday on the issue.
According to the rights body, the discussion will dwell on the provisions stipulated in Article 35 (4) of the constitution which establishes each citizen’s right to safe drinking water and sanitation as fundamental rights. Similarly, the discussion is set to focus on the provisions provided for in Article 30 (1) of the constitution that says that ‘each citizen shall have right to live in a clean and healthy environment and enjoy compensation for the harm caused by pollution, stated a press note released by the NHRC.
The discussion will be presided over by NHRC Chairperson Anup Raj Sharma. NHRC member Sudip Pathak, and secretaries at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Ministry of Health and Polulation, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration and Ministry of Forests and Environment, and chiefs of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Metropolitan City and Bhaktapur Municipality, among others, will attend the discussion on environmental pollution.
Earlier, the NHRC had held a discussion with stakeholder agencies on the present condition of physical infrastructure development and its impact on environment and human rights, situation of law enforcement and protection of consumers’ rights.
According to NHRC, environmental pollution resulting from physical infrastructure development in Kathmandu valley, food adulteration and growing problems of waste management were having an adverse impact on public health.
Unplanned digging of roads, long delay in repairing roads, haphazard dumping of construction materials, laying of utility pipes of Melamchi Drinking Water Project, among other things, are responsible for increasing dust pollution in the valley.
Pedestrians and people living in roadside houses have been hit the worst. After grappling with potholes and deep craters on the road during monsoon, commuters and pedestrians in the city are compelled to battle dust with the onset of dry season.
A version of this article appears in print on September 08, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.