Sisdole locals resist disposal

KATHMANDU: A small group led by Shyam Sundar Balami today did not allow garbage-laden vehicles of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City to proceed to the Sisdole landfill site, putting forth 40-point charter of demands.

“The group disrupted the road and didn’t allow 29 trucks to proceed to the landfill site this morning,” said Dr Sumitra Amatya, general manager at the Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (WMRMC).

The group visited the office of WMRMC yesterday and requested the officials to register their demands.

“We rejected to register their demands because they should have brought the demands through the local users’ committees and all-party mechanism of the VDC,” Dr Amatya added. She said the group had threatened them to disrupt garbage dumping from tomorrow.

Shaligram Rijal, assistant executive of the KMC, said the group had demanded the civic body to scrap the all-party mechanism, provide budget for irrigation, road, drinking water and ensure reservation in government jobs for the locals.

The KMC spends about Rs 100,000 a day for fuel and driver allowance to ferry garbage to the

landfill site.

“We called them to sit for talks through the users’ committee. But they didn’t come,” Amatya said.

Rijal said they were making attempts for talks through the all-party mechanism and local users’ committees. “We will resolve the problem soon,” he added.