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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, April 6, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-04-06 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 150, April 6, 2009

Dear Readers,

At present if you want to attend the nature's call, mobile toilet is at your service. It has come under operation after a long wait of 10 years during Fifth National Games. Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilization Centre had operated mobile toilets in Kathmandu Durbar Square and some other public places more than a decade ago. The newly set up mobile toilet is an initiative of public-private partnership to expand public toilet facilities inside the valley. Kathmandu Metropolitan City will provide space for the mobile toilets and Kathmandu Metropolitan City Solid Waste Management Service (KMCSWMS) will operate the toilets. KMCSWMS will set up mobile toilets in ten busy areas to better the sanitation facilities inside the Kathmandu Valley.
Mobile toilet is a transportable and eco-friendly toilet with facilities for separate storage of urine and excreta which will be changed into fertilizer. People are hopeful about the toilet that it will keep the city environment clean. So let's make a habit of using mobile pubic toilet.

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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Urinating in open? Go for mobile toilet now
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

ImageKathmandu: Kathmandu Metropolitan City Solid Waste Management Service (KMCSWMS) has set up a mobile toilet at Tundikhel in Kathmandu Valley recently. This is the first time in ten years that a mobile toilet is being set up inside Kathmandu. Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilization Centre had operated mobile toilets in Kathmandu Durbar Square and some other public places more than a decade ago. 

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KUKL unveils immediate relief plan
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) unveiled its programmes of immediate relief with an implementation timeframe on April 2. In a press statement, the newly appointed KUKL Managing Director Rudra Gautam, said the relief package had been supported by the government’s financial aid of Rs. 65 million.

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Green energy policy pledge
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Lalitpur: Minister for Water Resources Bishnu Poudel said on April 1 that preparations were underway to formulate an environment-friendly policy for tapping alternative energy sources like solar energy and biogas. Speaking at a two-day international workshop on “Problems in Environment, Energy and Water Resource sectors in Nepal”, Poudel urged donor countries to help the government generate 10,000 megawatt in 10 years.

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No water in Nepali Congress office
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

By: Bal Krishna Adhikari

Kathmandu: Chairman of Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala did not find water in the toilet in party office Sanepa. He was in the office to attend the party’s central committee meeting on March 30. He sent his assistant to look for water after he did not find water in the toilet. The staffs at the party office had difficulty in arranging water for Koirala.

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Valley faces daily water shortfall of 190m litres
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu valley is coping with a daily water shortfall of 190 million litres. Deputy Manager at the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) Tirtha Raj Poudel told that water demand is 280 million litres daily where as water production is only 90 million litres.

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Proposal to China to bring water from Yangri and Larke
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

By: Rewati Sapkota

Kathmandu: Melamchi Water Supply Project has presented a proposal to the Chinese officials to invest in the project to bring 340 MLD of water from the Yangri and Larke rivers of Sindhupalchok district in the second stage before the commencement of tunnel construction to bring 17 MLD of water to Kathmandu from Helambu of Sindhupalchok district in the first stage.

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Water problem in source itself
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Sundarijal: Locals complained that there is water problem in the areas nearby the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) Mahankalchaur branch from where water is supplied to the Kathmandu valley. Locals of the areas including Chuchhepati Baudda, Ramhiti, Tinchule, Jorpati and Arubari are facing drinking water problem.

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KUKL MD’s plan
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Monday, 13 April 2009

Kathmandu: Newly-appointed managing director of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited Rudra Prasad Gautam said that the new management would focus on reforming administration and improve coordination with line agencies and stakeholders for proportional distribution of water.

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Rs. 650m for KUKL
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Monday, 13 April 2009

Kathmandu: The government has provided Rs. 650 million to Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) for purchasing tankers to ensure smooth supply of drinking water inside the valley, said Rudra Prasad Gautam, managing director of KUKL on March 31.

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Landfill site likely at Banchare Danda
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Friday, 10 April 2009

By: Laxmi Maharjan

Kathmandu: The Environmental Impact Assessment carried out in Banchare Danda is in the final stage and is awaiting the nod of Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology for the construction of a landfill site there. Bhai Raja Manandhar, senior division engineer at Environment Assessment Section at the ministry, said they had decided to incorporate additional recommendations before taking the final decision.

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Protest rally carrying sewer-contaminated water
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Kathmandu: Newa Jagaran Manch has organized a protest rally carrying bottles with sewer contaminated water on March 29. Coordinator of Newa Jagaran Manch Sujib Bajracharya demanded for equitable distribution of water by exploring alternative water sources in the Kathmandu valley before the completion of Melamchi Project, conserve underground water sources and stop private boring and deep boring to be safe from the fear of land subsidence, stop outer ring road to be constructed with the support of Chinese government and relocate housing company outside the valley.

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Singha Durbar offices stink
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Thursday, 02 April 2009

ImageBy: Ishwor N. Rijal & Baburam Kharel

Kathmandu: These are not public toilets but restrooms inside ministries on the premises of Singha Durbar, the seat of power. Nonetheless, around 400 toilets inside the Government Secretariat are as dirty as public toilets and stink just the same, thanks to a perennial shortage of water.

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NATIONAL
Drinking water problem
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Arghakhanchi: Three VDCs of Arghakhanchi are reeling under water shortage as the water source has dried up. The locals told that there is acute shortage of drinking water in Balkot, Kerunga and Chidi VDC after the water source at Madelchaur of Chattragaj VDC dried up.

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Ilam municipality increases water tariff
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Pashupatinagar: Ilam municipality has increased monthly water tariff to Rs. 45 from Rs. 35 per family in the municipality and its surrounding areas in the name of maintaining water resources but has failed to supply sufficient water. The locals have been facing great difficulty in getting a pot of water in time as the water supply from the Gitang Drinking Water Project was halted from the last week because of a leakage in the pipeline.

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Water problem in Pokhara to be solved
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Pokhara: Drinking water problem in Pokhara is going to be solved. The government has sanctioned budget to lay down the pipelines provided by the donor two years ago. JICA had provided pipes worth Rs. 10 million to improve water supply line in Pokhara. But, the pipelines were not laid due to lack of sufficient budget.

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Churiyamai folks facing drinking water problem
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

By: Diwakar Bhandari

Hetauda: Locals of Churiyamai VDC in Makwanpur district are forced to walk for hours to fetch potable water as the nearby water source has dried up due to long drought. “As there is no source of water in the nearby VDCs, the locals are compelled to walk for hours to fetch water from a river in adjoining Bara district,” said Shanti Tamang, a local of Churiyamai-2.

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Demand for equitable distribution of water
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Damak: The locals have demanded for equitable distribution of drinking water from the drinking water project to be operated in the Bhutanese refugee affected area. By organizing press meet on March 31, the Humsedumse Stakeholder Committee has demanded to distribute water in the northern area of Damak-5.

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Toilet constructed
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Dharan: Construction of 12 chambered toilets has been completed in Aauliya Lower Secondary School at Baraha area of Sunsari. Principal of the School Krishna Prasad Kattel told that Dr. Chyaginath Aghoribaba provided financial support worth Rs. 0.1 million to construct the toilet.

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Triyuga River has turned polluted
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

By: Dilli Ram Khatiwada

Udayapur: The Triyuga River is getting polluted due to dumping of garbage on the banks of the river. The Triyuga municipality has been dumping the garbage produced from Gaighat on the banks of Triyuga River.

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One hour to fetch a ‘gagri’ of water
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

By: Dhurba Dangal

Bhimtar (Sindhupalchok): Locals of Majhi community in Bhimtar are compelled to spend an hour to fetch a ‘gagri’ (water vessel) from the Indrawati River as there is no any water source nearby. Not a single household in the Majhi community has pipeline connection. They are compelled to drink filthy water during the rainy season and water containing sand particles during the winter.

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Students go to bushes for toilet purposes
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Parbat: Students of a school at Khaulalankuri VDC are compelled to go to bushes and fields, 15 minutes walk from the school, to defecate as there is no proper arrangement of toilets in the school. The students have to miss a period to attend the nature’s call.

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Drinking water project in disorder
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

By: Dambar Sing Rai

Khotang: A drinking water project started some 14 years ago in Khotang with support of Asian Development is in disorder. The project started at an investment of Rs. 10.5 million including financial assistance of Asian Development Bank worth Rs. 8.6 million and labour worth Rs. 1.9 million is not complete yet.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
For dams
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Friday, 10 April 2009

Kathmandu Valley is getting rain after a long dry spell. The valley is facing severe scarcity of drinking water. Most of the wells have dried up. The metropolis needs a top priority strategy to conserve every drop of water. Constructing dams in the valley could solve many problems. All the rivers could be kept always full that would help percolate water to end depletion of the underground water reserves.

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Clean Bagmati
Posted by Administrator   
Friday, 10 April 2009

Minister Ganesh Shah's plan to take up the Bagmati cleaning campaign lifted my spirits (“Minister holds out clean Bagmati hope”, March 29, Page 3). Here is his chance to make a visible, concrete change in our environment and set an example for other leaders who are either making hollow promises or busy railing against the government.

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Rainwater Harvesting
Posted by Administrator   
Friday, 10 April 2009

The concerned authorities have given assurances that measures will be announced to provide some relief to the people as far as the supply of drinking water is concerned. While we wait for the measures, why not start a campaign to go for rainwater harvesting with the pre-monsoon rains having started? Anyone could do it – the numerous NGOs, the government, the media.

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Water scarcity
Posted by Administrator   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009

It has not rained for many months this year. I would have been satisfied if there is no piped water supply in all areas of the Kathmandu Valley. But, my neighbour gets an hour's water supply every 5 days from a different pipeline connection whereas I have a dry tap.

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EDITORIAL
Water stressed leaders of Nepali Congress
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Chairman of Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala felt uneasy when he did not find water in the toilet of his own party office Sanepa. Unfortunately, the much-talked Melamchi project at his time has not reached Kathmandu till date. Another congressman Dr. Ramsaran Mahat was among the leaders who had to face problem of water in the toilet.

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ARTICLE
Challenge of drinking water management
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

By: Nabindra Raj Joshi

Drinking water problem is getting complex day by day in the Kathmandu. Kathmanduites are compelled to stay awake for the whole night to fetch a gagri (water vessel) of water. It has been a destiny of Kathmanduites but still they do not get water. They are forced to wander on the road with empty vessels in search of water.

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