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Stonespouts on verge of extinction Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 January 2012
ImageKathmandu: Stonespouts in the urban area of the country are under the verge of extinction because of unmanaged urbanization and immediate initiation should be taken to protect them. This is the idea put on at an exhibition by some students of the engineering college in the capital. The exhibition kicked off from Friday.

“Young generation should think how to protect historical heritages”, said a student, Radheshyam Shrestha of Pulchok Engineering Campus. Shrestha coordinated a five member team that fabricated a model to conserve the existing Dhungedharas or the water sprouts of Kathmandu. The model was placed at the fifth national civil engineering exhibition and competition being held at the premises of the Pulchok Engineering Campus. His model of Dhungedhara is in the competition along with other nine models. According to him, valley's Dhungedharas has dried out in recent days due to the unmanaged human settlement at the water source. He presented a sample of a Dhungedhara of Lalitpur named Sundhara which has dried out now. He claimed that the water runs from the Sundhara after a period of two days after pumping the water at Saptapatal pond. But unfortunately a school is going to fill the pond which would end the water source for the stonespouts. According to Shrestha, the filling up of pond by the school is against the principle of conservation of natural heritages. The people should unite to preserve the natural heritages like ponds and stonespouts.
About 50 models related to civil engineering are presented at exhibition. They include the models of dams, overhead bridges, roads flyovers, buildings, canals and others. The exhibition will last for three days and is being organized by Civil Engineering Students' Society (CESS), Pulchok campus. Various engineering campuses have been participating at exhibition.

Source: The Rising Nepal, January 14, 2012
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