Kathmandu, April 14, 2015: Kathmandu Valley has been declared a ‘polythene bags-free area’ byÂ government. Resolution Assembly organised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment hasÂ declared it today.
On this occasion, the government representatives and the stakeholders warned not to use polythene bags informingÂ that polythene bags wasÂ harmful to human health as well as a major pollutants. Also, an awareness rally was organised from local Bhrikutimandap spreading the message of the harmful effects of using polythene bags and goods in different parts of the city, today morning.
Similarly, Highlighting the rights of all citizens to live in clean and healthy environment government has banned the production and use of polythene bags in the Kathmandu Valley for the time being and would follow outside the Valley after some time, said Deputy PrimeÂ Minister Prakash Man Singh addressing the programme.
The need of effective implementation of the government’s decision to make the Kathmandu Valley clean, green and pollution-free was pointed up by CPN (UML) deputy general-secretary Bishnu Poudel, President of the Development Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, Rabindra Adhikari, President of the Agriculture Committee Gagan Thapa, President of the Environment Committee Janak Raj Chaudhary, National Planning Commission Vice-chairman Dr Govinda Raj Pokhrel, among other officials.
Also, Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Dr Krishna Chandra Poudel and Chief of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Purna Bhakta Tandukar, committed to carry out this decision of the government and advised all the Kathmandu residents to search an environmentally suitable alternative to polythene bags.