In an attempt to mobilise large number of people to tidy up the capital in the run-up to the Saarc summit, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is all set to organise a mass cleaning campaign on June 5. The metropolis said that an estimated 100,000 residents of all ages will join forces to help clean up city streets during the campaign.
In order to make this city cleaning campaign successful, KMC has formed a ‘citizen forum’ representing all the 35 wards in Kathmandu. The forum will try to ensure participation of at least one individual from every household in these wards to volunteer in the mass cleaning campaign.
“We have already corresponded to all the ward offices to support this initiative by ensuring participation of as many people as possible in the mass cleaning program,” said Rabin Man Shrestha, Chief of Environment Division at the KMC. Shrestha said that they will also request members of local clubs, NGOs, student groups, teachers, security personnel, KMC and government officials, entrepreneurs, political party leaders, civil society members, among others, to extend all necessary help to clean up the city.
The campaign has, ambitiously enough, targeted to clean up the entire metropolitan city area of 50.67 square km while each side of the Bishnumati and Bagmati rivers will also be thoroughly cleaned by volunteers with the help of excavators during the campaign. This time around KMC has plans to also clean up Kathmandu’s traditional water sprouts and polluted water wells.
An estimated 300 tons of waste will be collected during the mass clean up campaign, KMC officials said. And if the campaign becomes successful, KMC said it will organise such campaigns every two weeks keeping in view the SAARC summit scheduled for November this year.
“We already have plans to make the city, green and healthy for the upcoming Saarc summit. So the mass cleaning campaign is kind of preparations,” said Shrestha.
This time around KMC has decided not to distribute any gloves or masks to the clean up volunteers. The decision was taken in light of the alleged irregularities in the purchase of such logistics during the similar cleaning campaign in 2012.
Date: 19 May, 2014