Rampant dumping of garbage at Bhateri pollutes Madi River

Damauli, October 16

The rampant dumping of garbage at Bhateri by Byash Municipality is known to be polluting the Madi River in Tanahun.

The municipality has reportedly been dumping garbage at Bhateri for want of a landfill site.

Bishnu Gautam, a local, said dumping of garbage on the river banks had polluted the environment in Bhateri’s Damauli bazaar.

Krishna Raj Ghimire, section officer at sanitation section of Byash Municipality, said the municipality had been dumping eight tonnes of garbage at Bhateri on a daily basis. He claimed that his office in the meantime had been burying waste.

According to Ghimire, 13 persons, including a driver and sweepers, have been mobilised for waste management in the municipality. He informed that a survey was under way to construct a landfill site in the Tekanthumkiu Community Forest Area.

Executive Officer Dilliram Sigdel at the municipality said the environmental impact assessment report had already been endorsed by the Ministry of Local Development to construct a landfill site in the forest area. Sigdel informed that work on constructing the landfill site would begin after holding an interaction with the locals after Dashain. “The landfill site will spread in an area of about 500 ropanis of land,” Sigdel added.