Okharpauwa locals agree to let KMC dump garbage

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Kathmandu Metropolitan City today collected 11 truckload of garbage from the capital city and dumped it at Sisdole Landfill Site in Okharpauwa, Nuwakot, after government agreed to address the concerns raised by locals and KMC employee unions.

The government has agreed to provide compensation to provide one million rupees to kin of five-year-old Rijan Shrestha who was hit and killed by a garbage truck on March 11 in Okharpauwa. The government has also agreed to address the demands of Okharpauwa locals and security concerns of 11 KMC employee unions.

The government has decided to arrange security personnel to ensure security of KMC sanitation staff and vehicle drivers while transporting waste to the landfill site. The Department of Roads has provided four bulldozers for dumping garbage in the landfill site for the time being.

In the wake of death of the minor, Okharpauwa locals had torched the truck that killed the minor and set four KMC vehicles on fire. Locals had also pelted stones at a fire engine that was on its way to douse the fire. The driver was also injured. Irate locals had barred KMC from dumping garbage in the landfill site. The kin of the deceased were demanding compensation. Meanwhile, on Thursday, 11 KMC employee unions said that the city garbage would not be cleared until security of staff and KMC property was guaranteed. KMC had suffered a loss to the tune of Rs 40 million in the vandalism.

Garbage uncleared since Thursday was giving capital denizens a tough time.

“It will take four more days to clear all the garbage from the capital,” said Dhanapati Sapkota, Chief of Implementation and Enforcement Department at KMC. Uncleared garbage was seen in some places in the capital today.

KMC collects around 900 tonnes of waste from Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Kirtipur every day and dumps it in the landfill site.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Bimalendra Nidhi on Sunday had directed all concerned, including the metropolis, to clear the city garbage at the earliest.

Source: THT