Kathmandu, March 25, 2017: As many as 50 youths on March 24, Friday, took out a satirical rally to draw government’s attention toward health hazards caused by increasing air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley.
In the rally entitled ‘Fresh Air on Sale’, Bachelor in Social Work students in their 4th year at St. Xavier’s College marched together to pressurize the government and take some measures to mitigate the rising air pollution. Also participating the rally were the representatives from the Ministry of Environment. Youth Action, a youth-led non-government organization had also participated the rally to express its solidarity.
The rally started from Maitighar and headed to Tripureshwor via Bhadrakali-Shahid Gate route. Final demonstration was held at premises of the Tribhuvan statue , Tripureshwor Chowk.
“Through the rally, we wanted to aware the residents of Kathmandu valley that the air quality is degrading every other day, and will create serious health problems if not taken any measures to mitigate it,” informed Subas Neupane, one of the rally participants, and also a student at St. Xavier’s College. “The main motive of the rally is to pressurize the contractor of the ongoing Melamchi project, as well as the government of their carelessness, and how government not monitoring the construction process has posed a serious risk to public health,” he added.
Photos Courtesy: Subas Neupane