KATHMANDU, MAY 25
Minister of Urban Development Ram Kumari Jhankri has said that the government would address the concerns shown by the people affected by the landfill site in Bancharedanda.
Addressing an all-sides discussion at the ministry today, she said the locals near the landfill site had important role for management of landfill, so their concern could not be ignored.
"It is our common responsibility to manage the landfill site in an organised way," she said. She expressed hope that Bancharedanda landfill would help in the management of waste in Kathmandu valley. She stressed that the government could not ignore the locals' demand.
On the occasion, lawmaker elected from Dhading district Bhumi Tripathi suggested that the lands affected by the project should be acquired as per the suggestion of the technical team.
Lawmaker from Nuwakot Hit Bahadur Tamang viewed that a long-term solution should be sought for management of waste in Bancharedanda.
He suggested that the local governments should be made more responsible for waste management.
Mayor of Dhading Dhunibesi Municipality Balkrishna Acharya said it was the common responsibility of all the sides to effectively manage the landfill site at Bancharedanda.
He stressed the need to focus on the practical side of waste management.
Kakani Rural Municipality Chairperson Suman Tamang said that the government had only made policy but failed to implement it well.
According to him, it is the government's responsibility to address the need of education, health and employment of the people residing in Bancharedanda.
The discussion was attended by various public officials, including Secretary Ramesh Prasad Singh, Chief District Officer of Kathmandu Gobinda Prasad Rijal, project chief of Bancharedanda landfill site Rabindra Bohara, Chief Administration Officer of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Loknath Poudel, police officials, people's representatives from Kanani Rural Municipality and Dhunibesi Municipality, and locals affected by the Bancharedanda landfill site.
A version of this article appears in the print on May 26, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.