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Bagmati River to be cleaned by December

South western view of Bagmati river from Thapathali bridge, on June 16, 2016. Photo: Sureis/THTOnline

October 19, Kathmandu: The Honorable Minister of Water Supply and Sanitation Mrs. Bina Magar said that the holy Bagmati River at Pashupati will be clean enough for devotees to bathe in it from December onwards. Honorable Minister Magar said this during field inspection of a wastewater treatment plant located at Guheswori, Kathmandu. The treatment plant is being constructed by Project Implementation Directorate of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Ltd. under her ministry. Officials of PID said that 95 percent of the work had been completed. The plant will clean 32.4 million liters of wastewater each day.

I cannot say the water will be safe enough to drink, but after the plant comes into operation, the water in the Bagmati River will be clean for people to take bath,” – said Minister to the media persons after the inspection. A 13-kilometer long intersecting sewer line has been laid from Gokarna to Guheswori for the project.

The Director of PID Mr. Bhoj Bikram Thapa said the treatment plant would purify wastewater through seven different intensive cleaning methods. After the final procedure of disinfecting the filtered water, we will release it into the river.

According to Thapa, the waste segregated from the water will then be used to produce electricity, “The segregated waste will be converted into biogas which will be used to generate electricity,”-said Mr. Thapa He added that  the plant would produce 240 kilowatts electricity and electricity would be used to run the plant itself. The estimated budget of the project is Rs 2.55 billion.

Once the project is completed, the Bagmati River will see a clear flow of water from Guheswori to Tilganga. The government is planning to construct more water treatment plants at Sallaghari, Kodaku, Dhobighat, Gokarna, and Chalnakhel in the valley. The Honorable Minister Mrs.  Magar, during today’s field visit, said drainage management in the capital had become a daunting challenge due to rapid urbanization.

Meanwhile, Bagmati Cleaning Campaign that started from 19 May 2013, entered the 336th week today. Government agencies, including security agencies and the High-powered Committee for Integrated Development of Bagmati Civilization, have been supporting the cause.

Ms. Laxmi Poudyal, a campaigner, said apart from the cleaning campaigns, people needed to change their attitude and habits to keep the river clean. People need to protect natural resources and proper utilization and preservation of resources is a present need of time.

Source: The Himalayan Times