Women to clean up stone spouts

Himalayan News Service

Lalitpur, June 8:

The Women’s Groups of the Community Development Section, Lalitpur sub-metropolitan city (CDS/LMC), are to clean up 45 stone spouts located in different wards of Lalitpur on June 13 to mark Sithinakha — a festival during which sources of water are cleaned and worshipped.

“We are trying to revive our culture of celebrating the Sithinakha and renovate the sources of water,” said Saubhagya Pradhanaga of the Culture and Archaeology Section, LMC.

Forty-five women’s groups will be deployed to clean up 45 stone spouts in their wards. Each group comprises between 25 and 50 members, she said.

Sabina Maharjan of the CDS/LMS said, “We have targeted women in preservation and maintenance to make our drive effective.”

Spouts have been put into five categories. Two spouts from Dhobighat fall into the category A, meaning they are in good condition. Seventeen spouts have been put into category B, meaning the compounds on which they are located need to be cleaned up. Sixteen spouts have been put into the category C, meaning grass growing in the compounds need to be cut and sewage pipes cleared. Water flowing from seven spouts of the category D is not potable. Spouts put into the category E need maintenance because they are running dry. Five spouts have been put into the category F, meaning they are extinct.