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Bagmati clean-up in neglected areas now

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 30

Continuing since more than 200 weeks, the Bagmati Cleaning Campaign is preparing to focus on neglected stretches of the river.

Since the beginning, the campaign has been focusing on the same places and points of the Bagmati River. Dr Raju Adhikari, one of the initiators of the campaign and coordinator of Gayatri Pariwar, said, “Now, we are planning to move downstream of the Bagmati River and entrust concerned wards with regular cleaning of the river,” Dr Adhikari told The Himalayan Times.

He said the campaign would now focus on the Shankhamul confluence.

“Downstream areas from Shankhamul remained dirty, so we are planning to focus on the area,” Dr Adhikari added.

So far, more than 8,000 metric tonnes of solid waste have been extracted from the Bagmati River. Since the beginning, 740,000 people have participated in the clean-up campaign. Besides occasionally gathering for voluntarily cleaning, there is a core team of around 50 volunteers, who regularly clean the Bagmati River every Saturday.

The campaign launched under the leadership of former chief secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, who led it till November last year. The campaign is without leadership after Paudyal was appointed Nepali ambassador to China.

The Bagmati River originates in Bagdwar of Shivapuri Danda to the north of Kathmandu Valley. The river is fed by a number of tributaries originating from Mahabharat and Chure ranges before it flows to Karmaiya in the Tarai and then to the Gangetic plains.

The campaign was launched on May 19, 2013.  More than 140 groups are involved in the campaign.

A version of this article appears in print on May 31, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

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