Around 1,700 metric tonnes of waste has been removed from the Bagmati river since the weekly clean-up campaign was initiated two years ago. With an average of 20 tonnes removed each week, authorities said that they have been successful in the drive so far.
According to Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of the Environment Division at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), people have been discouraged to dump their waste in the river after the campaign was initiated.
“The public participation was overwhelming as thousands joined hands to clean the river,” he said.
The change was visible as government officials, police, army, volunteers and local residents have manually cleaned the river for the past 82 weeks.
The campaign concentrates in cleaning river as well as its banks, collecting the non-biodegradable waste s.
Currently, around 108 institutions are involved in the clean-up campaign.
The drive plans to clean the 21 kilometres stretch the river from Bagdwar to Chobhar.
The collected waste is ferried directly to Sishdole landfill site. Currently, the authorities are busy cleaning the Kuleshwor and Balkhu sections of the river.