Talks put off, likely to be held today

KATHMANDU: The talks scheduled between the Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre (SWMRMC) and local residents of Aletar — the proposed garbage disposal site in Nuwakot — could not be held today after the agitating locals failed to show up for the purpose.

With this, the plan of the SWMRMC, the entrusted body under the Ministry of Local Development for the management of the garbage, to dispose the Valley waste to Aletar from Sunday has been dampened.

The current landfill site at Sisdole has already run out of its capacity.

The prospects of garbage disposal in the alternative site has been waning after the locals, backed by the Maoists, have been demanding jobs to a member of each of 42 households in the area. Earlier, the SWMRMC decided to employ 15 local residents in garbage management with a daily wage of Rs 185 to pave way for the row ensued.

Dr Sumitra Amatya, general manager, SWMRMC, said that they would try to sit for the dialogues tomorrow in order to find a solution. “The 15 candidates, whom we had decided to offer job, have given word that they would end the row by convincing other locals," she said.

"If we can't strike a deal in tomorrow's talks, the garbage problem likely to persist," she added.