The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is preparing to install flag poles along major streets in Kathmandu to welcome delegates for the Saarc summit scheduled for November. The metropolis also plans to refurbish the existing flag poles which are in dilapidated condition.
According to KMC chief Dhana Bahadur Shrestha, they plan to fix the poles and ready them to be outfitted with flags of South Asian countries. “Some old poles are in critical state and they need to be replaced,” Shrestha said, adding, “We will fix around 750 poles before the summit.”
The metropolis imported iron poles from India and they will be erected in major roads for the Saarc. Right now around 300 concrete poles exist in the Capital, which are in dilapidated condition.
Together with decking up the Capital for the summit, the KMC has also initiated a clean-up campaign to manage wastes and make the city garbage free.
“We have also urged the Kathmandu denizens to help us clean the city. We need participation from local residents to make the city beautiful,” Shrestha said. One of the major areas on which the KMC is investing funds is waste management and purchasing equipments like tippers and broomers.
KMC has also prioritised public private partnership for the beautification projects. While the metropolis is set to monitor the projects, private companies and institutions will ensure their maintenance.
Meanwhile, the private sectors have joined hands with the KMC to help maintain city monuments and roads. “We have always collaborated with the private sector for various projects and found a good response,” Shrestha said.
“It is a positive gesture from private organisations as a part of corporate social responsibility.” The organisations which have extended their support to undertake the projects include Hotel Association of Nepal, Berger Paints, Asian Paints, Vaidya organization and Lincoln School.
All of the partner organisations have been given responsibility to maintain greenery and revamp roads, monuments and parks. “We have mostly assigned areas to these organisations in their locations,” Shrestha said.
Recently, the Agriculture Development Bank has also started revamping the Maitighar Mandala in partnership with the KMC. The bank plans to invest around Rs 1.6 million to complete the renovation work.