Clean-river drive gets underway

KATHMANDU: The Nepal River Conservation Trust on Friday organised a clean-up campaign and tree plantation programme along the bank of the Bishnumati River at Shova Bhagawati temple to mark the World Environment Day, 2009.

The programme was also a part of the Bagmati River Festival, 2009, as Bishnumati River is a tributary of the Bagmati River.

NRCT is a non-profit organisation established in 1995 that has been organising the annual Bagmati River Festival since 2001.

The two-and-a-half-month 9th Bagmati River festival will hold various awareness programmes and clean-up campaigns for cleaner rivers in the valley. On the occasion, religious gurus of different religions poured water fetched from various rivers —Baghdwar and Ganga from India, the Trishuli, Bhotekoshi, Kaligandaki, Sunkoshi, Tamakoshi, Seti, Karnali, Marsyangdi, Tamor, Arun and Mahakali— considered holy into the river and performed various poojas.

Commitment speeches were also given by different stakeholders for the

conservation of polluted rivers in the Valley.