Gokarneshwor Municipality has installed a sophisticated machine manufactured by Japan for waste management. "The machine has been set up on the banks of the Bagmati river near Tribhuvan International Airport on the municipality's border with Kathmandu Metropolitan City," Mayor Santosh Chalise said.

The municipality had brought the machine three years ago. However, its installation was delayed due to technical issues. It had brought two such machines with an investment of Rs 50 million. One of those machines has already been installed while another is yet to be installed.

Mayor Chalise said the waste would be managed by operating the machine from mid-July this year.

Gokarneshwor Municipality will be the first municipality in the country to manage waste using sophisticated machines after its operation.

The machine will incinerate waste and help keep the municipality clean.

Uttam Pudasaini, a Bagmati Cleanup Mega Campaign activist and president of Bagmati Beauty Concerned Forum, suggested that along with the installation of the sophisticated machines, the municipality should bring programmes for raising social awareness and waste segregation.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 9 2021, of The Himalayan Times.