KMC-Sisdole folk dispute may afffect waste mgmtThe growing tension between locals at Sisdole Landfill site in Nuwakot and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City is likely to worsen the garbage management in the Valley in the coming days.
Local people in Sisdole on Wednesday burnt four KMC vehicles and have been obstructing trucks ferrying garbage to the landfill site after a three-year-old Rijan Shrestha who was knocked down by a KMC's mini truck.
Meanwhile, organising a press meet on Thursday, eleven workers' associations of the metropolis employees announced that they will stop collecting garbage to protest the Sisdole folk's move to set ablaze KMC vehicles. The workers’ associations also blamed the government for failing to provide security to metropolis staffers as well as the vehicles. “We will not resume our work until the authorities concerned provide assurance for the safety of metropolis workers along with the vehicles used in ferrying garbage,” the associations said in a statement.
Rabin Man Shrestha, Environment Division chief at the KMC, said it is unfortunate that a boy was killed by the vehicle. He, however, said metropolis officials along with police are trying to resolve the problem through dialogue with locals and take action against the driver involved.
“The protest of employees responsible to collect garbage from the city and Sisdole locals' decision to obstruct vehicles will affect garbage collection, that will lead public health concerns,” Shrestha said.