The Environment Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has directed the bodies concerned to manage the waste in the earthquake affected areas considering the possibility of the spread of diseases.
The committee at its meeting today drew the attention of the Ministry of Urban Development and the Solid Waste Management Technical Centre towards managing the trash including bits of plastic in course of the relief distribution in the quake affected areas. The committee also directed these bodies to make arrangements for drinking water and toilets in the quake affected areas.
The lawmakers speaking in the meeting underlined the need for the Ministry and the Centre to bring separate plans for waste management as the accumulation of waste and filthy environment due to the demolished houses, animal carcasses, unsystematic toilets and trash resulting from relief distribution could pollute the environment further leading to spread of diseases.
At the meeting, Secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development Ram Chandra Devkota informed that discussions have already been started with the experts regarding setting up integrated and systematic settlements in the quake-affected areas. He added that works were underway for providing drinking water and for the proper management of sanitation to the earthquake victims.
Centre Director Sumitra Amatya suggested managing the biodegradable waste at the earthquake affected areas alone and bringing the non-bio degradable waste to Kathmandu packed in sacks for processing. She pointed out to the policy fuzziness regarding waste management in post-disaster situation.
The lawmakers participating in the meeting stressed on the need of bringing a special proposal with the required resources, modality and human resources for cleaning the quake-affected areas. Committee president Janak Raj Chaudhary presided over the meeting. RSS