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Garbage piles up

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
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Garbage has begun to pile up on the streets of the capital with the locals of Nuwakot district preventing the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) from dumping waste in the Sisdole landfill site.

After a truck, owned by a private company collecting and dumping garbage, crushed a child to death near the Sisdole landfill site on Wednesday, the locals have not allowed any KMC vehicle from dumping waste there.

The locals say they will not allow garbage dumping unless the government provides compensation to the child’s family. Authorities held an emergency meeting on Thursday but failed to decide how to deal with the situation.

“Even if the locals allow garbage dumping, we do not have enough equipment to dump waste,” said Rabin Man Shrestha of the KMC. “Excavators, dozers and loaders that are necessary for dumping waste have been reduced to ashes.”

After the four-year-old boy, Rijan Balami, was killed, the locals had torched five KMC vehicles, including the truck that hit the boy.

The locals decided to disrupt garbage dumping after the police forcibly took Rijan’s dead body to Kathmandu for postmortem.

The locals say the accident was the result of negligence by the truck driver. “The driver did not slow down even when he saw children playing on the road,” said Bikram Balami, the child’s uncle. “Other children ran away but Rijan could not.”

This is not the first time that the locals have obstructed the KMC vehicles from dumping garbage in Sisdole. Even two weeks ago, garbage had piled up for several days on the streets of Kathmandu as the locals disrupted waste dumping.

The locals have been frequently disrupting garbage dumping, demanding physical infrastructures like roads, health posts and schools. Authorities say they have built, repaired and upgraded physical infrastructures as demanded by the locals. But, the locals want more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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