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Capital’s waste remains unattended despite cleaning drive

KATHMANDU: Collection of waste generated from the Kathmandu Valley and gathered out from several rivers here has not resumed yet, though the river cleaning efforts go on.
Under the 324th week of the Bagmati River Cleanup Mega Campaign, nine metric tons of waste was pulled out from the area near and beneath the Buddhanagar Bridge, and only three metric tons has been managed, according to Mala Kharel, the contributor to the campaign.
Avenues in the Valley have started stinking due to the piled up waste. Over 600 people from various 20 organisations took part in the Bagmati cleaning campaign today.
Likewise, under the 278th week of Rudramati Cleaning Campaign, river banks along the Setopul and Ratopul areas were cleaned.
Similarly, over 100 people had joined the 133rd week of Bagmati Sundarighat Cleaning Campaign and one ton of waste was managed. An area covered by the Kathmandu Metropolis 31-based Aaloknagar Temple, several places in Baneswhwor and the Buddhangar-based UN Park area were cleaned under the 121st Aaloknagar Cleaning Campaign.
More, the Ring Road Cleaning Campaign reached its 102nd week today and the cleaning works were centered an area from Ganga Cinema Hall to Balaju Chowk today. According to programme coordinator Tara Bahadur Kunwar, this area was found mostly waste polluted. Around 200 people had participated in the campaign which ended in the management of five metric tons of waste. The area beneath and near the Balkumari Bridge was cleaned today on the occasion of 123rd week of the Manohara Cleaning Campaign.
According to a campaign member Chandra Dangal, there was an active participation of locals in the collection and management of one container waste.
The commencement of the Bagmati River Mega Campaign and its continuity has contributed to the increase of public awareness across the country for taking initiations from the civic level to keep the locality neat and clean. Presently, cleanup campaigns are going in over 105 places throughout the country, it is said.

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