The government has decided to mobilise volunteers, authorities and members of the general public this Saturday to clean up Kathmandu city by removing the rubble and debris of collapsed and damaged buildings.
As a part of the Bagmati Cleanup drive, which has been organised every Saturday since May, 2013, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers have directed all government authorities, including the secretaries and staff of various ministries, to take part in the cleanup campaign. The drive, which will focus on removing the rubble and remains of the destroyed and damaged infrastructure and buildings will be led by Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel.
According to Poudel, the cleanup drive, which will focus on 17different places inside the Valley, will be led by government secretaries from different ministries and will take place between 7 am and 10 am. Beside the government officials, security personnel representing the Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, along with local communities–including the campaigners of the Bagmati River Cleanup drive–will attend the event.
During the event, the collected debris from private properties will be managed properly and stored in places designated by the property owners. Similarly, the ruins of government-owned buildings and public areas will be stored in their premises. The team will also dump some of the debris in open spaces in and around the city.
The Prime Minister’s Office has appealed to all the concerned partners, including the private sector, non-governmental organisations, civil society and local communities to take part in the cleanup drive.