Sisdole locals end garbage stir, seal deal

KATHMANDU: A deal was struck today between the agitating locals of Sisdole area and the government over garbage disposal.

The deal paved the way for the disposal of garbage that piled up in the Valley since December 20.

The strike has been lifted, the dumping will begin tomorrow, Laxman Ghimire of Okharpauwa-5, confirmed.

The agitating locals called off their strike after the government agreed to call for bids to construct a bridge and a road in Dhading district — two demands set forth by the locals.

The government agreed to fulfil the demands by the end of the current fiscal year, said Dr Sumitra Amatya, general manager at the SWMRMC.

The local residents of Okharpauwa disrupted the garbage disposal at Aletar Landfill Site since Tuesday demanding that a bridge and a 3-km road linking Ratomate with Galchhi be constructed in the area.

About 450 metric tonnes of garbage is disposed daily at Aletar Landfill Site, according to the Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre under the Ministry of Local Development. But the strike had piled up the garbage in the Valley.

Amatya said that the government had already allocated Rs 25 million for the development of Sisdole area.

“Once the project design is over, the process of biding will start,” she added.

Ghimire, meanwhile, said they withdrew the strike on condition that the government build the bridge and construct the road within the current fiscal year.

“If the demands are not met within the given deadline, we will again disrupt the garbage disposal,” he added.