Kathmandu: Garbage management related work in Kathmandu Valley would be halted for two days—today and tomorrow—as the road from Sisdol to Bancharedanda in Nuwakot district has to be repaired.
Garbage-crammed vehicles plying the road leading to the destinations where garbage in Kathmandu is managed are facing problems in movement during the maintenance process, according to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC).
KMC’s Environment Department said that that garbage collection in Kathmandu Valley and dumping in Bancharedanda, two kilometers away from Sisdol, will be affected for two days since the area leading to Bancharedanda has to be cleared off.
Currently, vehicles have to pass through heaps of garbage piled in various places along the Sisdol and Bancharedanda road to dump the trashes. Sarita Rai, chairperson of Department, shared that the incessant rain for the past two days has led to problems in the dumping of wastages.
Around 300 vehicles laden with garbage collected from 18 local levels of the Valley ply the road leading Bancharedanda on a daily basis. Of late, only around 100 such vehicles are carrying the garbage to Bancharedanda due to incessant rain.
The KMC has issued a notice stating that a fine worth Rs 500 will be imposed each time if garbage is not sorted at the source starting from 17 July this year.
The suspension in garbage collection has resulted in huge piles of waste in Kathmandu streets, risking the further spread of cholera. Twelve people in the Kathmandu Valley are confirmed to have contracted cholera, according to the Department of Health Services (DHS).
The first cases of the waterborne disease were reported in the Valley on June 19. The two infected aged 18 and 23 living at Bagbazaar were admitted to the Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku on June 16. They were later confirmed contracting the disease.