With the increased number of squatters on the Bagmati River banks in Thapathali, the volume of garbage has started increasing.

In a study carried out by the High-powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization, there were a total of 137 households two years ago in Thapathali area.

However, the Bagmati clean-up mega campaign found an increase of 12 houses now totalling 149 while conducting the riverbank clean-up and inspection of squatters' settlement, member of the Board of Directors Dr Mala Kharel said.

More number of temporary structures have been built on the riverbank due to poor management of squatters' settlement.

During the clean-up campaign along with the inspection and study of the squatters' settlement, the quantity of garbage was also found to have increased of late. Today, over 100 individuals including Chairman of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Hiralal Tandukar and other campaigners were present.

Likewise, the Laxmi Poudel-led team collected garbage from the Bagmati River near Shankhamul area. The campaigners took part in sanitation activities by following health protocol and maintaining social distance.

Similarly, the Bagmati River above the Guheshwori was cleaned on the 401st week today and the campaigners managed decomposable garbage by burying it.

The non-decomposable waste would be used to make bricks by keeping it in bottles, campaigner Uttam Pudasaini said.

Today, Manohara clean-up and heritage protection citizen campaign reached the 230th week. The campaign managed waste materials from Koteshwor area to Jadibuti Chowk.

Campaigners said that Rudramati, Bishnumati, Godavari and north and west sections of the ring road areas were being cleaned in recent weeks in Kathmandu valley.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 15 2021, of The Himalayan Times.