4 September 2021,Kathmandu
Although garbage collection had resumed in Kathmandu for over some days, the major thoroughfares of the Valley are still littered with solid waste.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) had positively intervened for garbage collection that was halted for 18 days and garbage was being collected since last Wednesday.
Despite the resumption, Kalanki, Kalimati and Khasi Bazar, among others, public thoroughfares had mounds of garbage piled up one over another. Locals of Sisdol landfill site in Nuwakot district had objected to the dumping of garbage, and garbage collectors had also halted collecting garbage in Kathmandu which led to heaps of uncollected garbage on the roadsides and thoroughfares in 18 local units of the district. The incessant rain had also played spoilsport in the garbage collection and dumping process of the Metropolis.
According to Hari Kumar Shrestha, Chief of the Department of Environment at KMC, all solid wastes piled up in various places of Kathmandu will be collected within three days. KMC estimated that a total of 15,000 metric tons of garbage had mounted in various places of Kathmandu during 18 days.
KMC has been collecting around 1,200 metric tons of garbage from Kathmandu Valley on a daily basis and disposing it at Sisdol. Kathmandu district alone sees around 500 metric tons of waste in a day.