KMC’s clean-up campaign gaining momentum

By Arpana Adhikari

Kathmandu, Feb. 16: After assuming his office 20 months ago, Mayor of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Bidhya Sundar Shakya came up with a variety of programmes for the cleanliness and beautification of the Capital city that spreads in an area of over 50.7 square kilometers having a population density of 20, 288 people per square km.
The city office has given priority to some major working areas, including road repair, implementation of the building code, maintenance of greenery, cleanliness and garbage management, to restore the beauty of the city rich in cultural heritages.
On the second day in the office, Mayor Shakya and Deputy Mayor Hari Prabha Khadgi launched the city clean-up campaign by appearing in the streets with brooms.
Since then, a few broomers and jet machines are being run on the roads to address the dust problem that has been choking the city for years.
As a part of the campaign, Shakya also instructed the KMC staffers to collect household waste before sunrise. The campaign started showing positive results in October last year when most of the roads in the city areas received a neat and clean look.
The KMC has also initiated a drive to maintain greenery in the inner areas of the city, manage, utility wires and water supply pipes, and open the blocked drains. Besides, the office is working on road safety measures like maintaining road markings, managing dividers on the roads and filling the potholes, the KMC said.
Likewise, the KMC decided to allocate Rs. 10 million to each of the 10 municipalities within the Kathmandu district to promote greenery, park construction and protection of public spaces, the KMC informed.
Chief of Environment Division Hari Kumar Shrestha said the office allocated Rs. 440 million to develop Kathmandu as a green and clean city.
The KMC has also been working to set up rooftop gardens in the city to promote greenery and food security, said Shrestha.
The KMC has come up with another ambitious plan to make the Kathmandu, a ‘Smart City’.
It has introduced various ‘smart campaigns, such as ‘smart zebra crossing’, ‘smart dustbins’, ‘smart parking’, ‘smart bus stands’ and ‘smart solar lamps’.
Smart dustbins and smart solar lamps have already been installed in many parts of the city.
Considering the inconveniences faced by the denizenin lack of adequate number of public toilets in the city, the city authority is now on a big public-toilet building spree.
Two working committees were recently formed to construct and operate the smart public toilets. One of the committees has identified spots to build 284 new public toilets in the city. The office has also forwarded plans to construct e-toilets, smart-toilets and eco-toilets.
Likewise, the KMC has been carrying out a campaign to manage stray dogs in all the 32 wards of the city.
The KMC that has been facing the problem of landfill to dump the waste produced in the city is likely to overcome it in a year as the Ministry of Urban Development has already started working in the Bancharedanda landfill.
The capacity of Sisdole, the only landfill site of KMC, is full since months. This landfill site will not be able to hold waste for long as it is close to saturation point, said Shrestha. “However, we have finalised the alternative ideas to solve the problem of waste management.”
The alternative landfill site in Bancharedanda is under construction, said Shrestha adding that they were coordinating with other government bodies to develop the required infrastructures in the area before the coming monsoon, for the long term management of solid waste, he added.

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