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Agitating tanker entrepreneurs call-off protest; NHRC terms the protest as inhuman


KATHMANDU: As the strike called by Tanker Entrepreneurs and water processing companies adversely affected the normal life in Kathmandu at a time when the valley dwellers have been suffering from shortage of water, tanker entrepreneurs and water processing companies have agreed to resume water supply in Kathmandu.

The agitating parties have agreed to roll-off their strike after the government convinced to set up a task force within a month to address their demands.

During a talk with Urban Development Minister Chhabi Raj Panta on Sunday, representatives of the tanker entrepreneurs and water processing companies agreed to resume water supply after Minister Panta promised to form a taskforce to address their demands.

Coordinator of the Joint Struggle Committee Bishnu Dhakal informed that the government has agreed to form a task force to address our demands within a month. He said that they would resume water supply from today evening.

Thousands of consumers in the Valley dependent on tankers and bottled water for drinking and other household chores suffered after tanker entrepreneurs and water processing companies launched an indefinite strike. Accusing the government of not being serious about their problems, water entrepreneurs launched an indefinite strike from Friday. They had forwarded 20 points demands to the concerned authorities.

Over 200 processed water companies and 700 tankers have been supplying water to the consumers. The entrepreneurs claim that they have been supplying over 1, 50,000 jars of water daily during dry season and about 100,000 jars in the monsoon.

Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission has demanded that the government take necessary steps to ease supply of drinking water to the general public.

The statement comes after private water distributors went on an indefinite strike demanding waiver of VAT among others. They are also demanding that the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) stop inspection of water plants.

“Impeding the supply of essential amenities such as drinking water and bargaining over it are inhumane acts,” said the commission.

As a clear sign of growing impunity in the country, entrepreneurs involved in different business have been opposing even the monitoring of the government agencies. The protest of Tanker Entrepreneurs and water processing companies came at a time when most of the mineral waters sold in the market are sub-standard. Many people expressed their rage over the strike in essential service like water and demanded to take strong action against persons involved in distributing sub-standard water.

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