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WATSAN NEWS DIGEST, April 13, 2009  [ back ]
Date: 2009-04-13 00:00:00

WATSAN WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 151, April 13, 2009

Dear Readers,

In New Nepal, a new tradition has build up where people believe that their problems will be solved and demands will be fulfilled if they hit the streets and stage agitation. It has been seen that the concerned also addresses the problems or take necessary measures only after such agitation. This tradition of taking action only after agitation or demonstration should not be made frequent. The concerned should address the problem on time and should not express the commitments that it cannot fulfill.

Recently, the water oppressed consumers of Paanchkhal have cut off water supply line of a Maoist CA member Tej Bahadur Mijar. They have done so to draw the attention of the CA member towards their water woes. But, it is not a right way to cut off pipeline to show their plight and draw attention for resolving their water problem.
The only way to stop such incidence is that the water authority should be proactive to solve the water woes. It should take necessary arrangements for effective management of water distribution system and equitable distribution of water. The water authority should guarantee that much water which is sufficient for the people to live their life.

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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Drinking water convention
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

Bhaktapur: The fifth convention of Gundu Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers Committee started on April 11.

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Rains raise health alarm
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

By: Ishwor N. Rijal & Baburam Kharel

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Valley denizens and Tarai people beware! Vector-borne diseases are likely to give the populace a hard time in the absence of serious efforts to keep the diseases at bay. The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) under the Ministry of Health and Population has warned that water-borne diseases will break out in the wake of intermittent summer rains.

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Discrimination over caste
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 20 April 2009

By: Tika R Pradhan

Kathmandu: In yet another incident of discrimination against the Dalits in the capital, a staff at the central office of Democratic National Youth Federation beat up a Dalit woman with a pipe for touching water in Kapan. Govinda Dhital (60) of Kapan VDC-1 beat Sunita BK with a pipe, alleging her of touching their drinking water source.

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Balaju clean-up campaign
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Monday, 20 April 2009

Kathmandu: A team of the Armed Police Force (APF), representatives of local clubs and residents conducted a clean-up campaign at Baisdhara garden of Balaju and its vicinity areas to make preparations for the annual fair taking place there on April 9.

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Ponds in Bhaktapur dried up
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

By: Ishwor Kaji Khaiju

Bhaktapur: Ponds located in different places of Bhaktapur have started to dry up with the onset of dry season and long dry-spell. Though it rained last week after an interval of six months, it was not enough for the dried up ponds. There is at least a pond in every ward of the city. All the ponds except Siddhipokhari, Kamalpokhari, Byasipokhari, Kalidaha have dried up.

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KUKL fails to tide over acute water shortage
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 16 April 2009

Kathmandu: Nepal Electricity Authority is supplying electricity for longer than the scheduled eight hours a day, thanks to the heavy showers of the past few days. This, however, does not come as a relief to valley denizens who solely depend on Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) for drinking water supply.

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Mobile toilets boon for city
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 16 April 2009

ImageLalitpur: More than a year ago, a group of European tourists came to visit the Patan Durbar Square, paid entry fees and strolled around. In the middle, one of them had an emergency. He looked around for a toilet, but found none. Then the tourist approached the then mayor of Lalitpur-Sub Metropolitan City (LSMC) and sought his entry fees back, stating that lack of a toilet around the historic square had forced him to urinate in pants.

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Valley to get mobile toilets
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Monday, 20 April 2009

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Valley citizens will not have facilities of mobile toilets which will be placed at various parts of the Valley soon. Minister of Science and Technology Ganesh Shah introduced the first mobile toilet made by Public Private Partners for Improvement of Local Environment amidst a function organized at Tundikhel.

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NATIONAL
Hook campaign to manage plastic
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

By: Purna Bika

Tanahun: The youths of Damauli have started to teach method to earn money by collecting used plastics. The youths aged between 18 to 35 affiliated with Rotract Club of Damauli have launched hook campaign in about 1,000 houses of the market area.

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10 drinking water projects incomplete for the past 12 years
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

Baglung: The drinking water projects started 12 years ago are still incomplete. The Righa Drinking Water Project, started 12 years ago, is incomplete due to financial crisis. Only 32 percent work is completed after spending about Rs. 11 million of the estimated budget of Rs. 34.5 million. 5000 locals of Righa VDC are compelled to walk long distances to fetch water.

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New Kalikot to begin with toilets
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Monday, 27 April 2009

By: Tularam Pandey

Kalikot: Those considering throwing their hat into the ring or planning to apply for citizenship certificate or a passport in the district have to produce yet another documentary evidence from now onwards. In a bid to sanitize the district, a meeting of concerned stakeholders in the district recently decided to make it mandatory to produce a document that shows that the applicant has a toilet in his house.

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Dom community deprived of using water of public well
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Monday, 27 April 2009

Sindhulimadhi: The Dom community of Sithauli Village Development Committee (VDC) of Sindhuli district have been deprived of using water of a local public well for being ‘Dalits’ for the past two years. The people in the area have alerted four households of Dalits at Dakaha of Ward No. 1 of the VDC against using water from the well.

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Toilets in Government offices stink
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

By: Girija Adhikari

Makwanpur: Toilets in many government offices of Makawanpur stink due to lack of cleanliness. Toilets in District Development Committee, Revenue, District Administration, Hetauda Hospital, Drinking Water and District Police Office are dirty. This has created problems to the visitors and service seekers visiting the offices.

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1600 toilets in 9 VDCs
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

Sankhuwasabha: About 1600 toilets have been constructed in nine Village Development Committees of Sankhawasabha district with support of Rural Reconstruction Organization. District Coordinator of Rural Reconstruction Organization Rudra Bahadur Thapa told that the toilets have been constructed in Syabun, Barhabise, Dhupu, Sittalpati, Bala, Jaljala, Diding, Matsyapokhari and Numa VDCs of the district.

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Obstruction in Melamchi continues
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

ImageBy: Dhurba Dandal

Sindhupalchok: The Melamchi folks have continued obstructions in the proposed intake site of Melamchi diversion tunnel at the time when preparations are ongoing for construction works to complete the project in next four years. The locals of the source area have been creating obstructions at the intake site for the past 10 months demanding to relocate the intake stating that their settlement will be at risk of flood if the intake is constructed at the present site.

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CA member's water supply line cut off
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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Kavre: The Paanchkhal folks who have been agitating for drinking water have cut off the water supply pipeline of Maoist constituent assembly member Tej Bahadur Mijar on April 9. President of Bhamarkot Extensive Drinking Water Struggle Committee Ajay Thin told that the agitated villagers have cut off the pipeline of CA member Mijar as he has neglected to solve the problem of his own village.

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Buckets distributed to manage garbage
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Hetauda: The Hetauda municipality has been distributing plastic buckets for managing garbage in the city areas. The Hetauda municipality stated it has already distributed 450 buckets in the shops and hotels at Main Road, Rapti Road and Bus Park. The municipality has aimed to distribute 500 buckets at an investment of Rs. 1,25,000.

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Drinking water shortage
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Khotang: Residents of Bakshila market of Khotang are reeling under severe water shortage. Secretary of Drinking Water Users’ Committee Roshan Subedi told that the locals are facing drinking water problem as the water source has dried up.

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Toilet in Chepang Community
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Dhading: Toilets have been constructed in every household of Chepang settlements of Pida VDC. Toilets have been constructed in Gaurigaun, Churikhark and Chyangli of Pida VDC with Support of Nepal Chepang Association.

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Drinking water shortage in Chure area
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Siraha: Villages at northern area of the district are reeling under shortage of water. The locals are compelled to depend upon rivulets and lakes after the tube-wells ran dry. Sakina Khatun, a resident of Choharwa market of Chandraayodhyayapur-1 told that the villagers are forced to bring water from Kamal Lake 3 km away.

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Melamchi project impossible without ensuring the foremost right of locals
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

By: Padam Shrestha

Sindhupalchok: It looks like the Melamchi Project will not be completed in the next five years as committed by the government without direct participation and ensuring the local's foremost right to water. A representative of Hyolmo asks, “what to do if the Melamchi River turns polluted like the Bagmati River after diverting its water to Kathmandu?’ “If all the water here be taken to Kathmandu then the Indrawati River will also dry up with Melamchi, Yangri and Larke,” she added.

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Canal water used for drinking purposes
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Rukum: Students of Gaunbari Primary School at Ghetma VDC are compelled to drink canal water brought for irrigation due to lack of drinking water facility in the school. A teacher of the school Maniram Nepali said, “The students suffer from different diseases like worms, diarrhea and stomach pain due to consuming canal water but we do not have other option.”

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Foul smelling Parasi market
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Nawalparasi: Parasi market is foul smelling due to lack of proper management of sewerage in the Ramgram municipality. The locals told that the sewerage constructed by the municipality is unscientific and gets clogged easily.

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Recommendation of taps beyond capacity
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

By: Kishor Budathoki

Sankhuwasabha: It has been more than a month when there has been no water supply from the taps in the house of Prem Shrestha, a resident of Khandbari municipality-1. Not only Prem, all the consumers of Khandbari municipality are facing problem of no water supply from the taps.

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40 arsenic patients in a single ward
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Parasi: Forty arsenic patients including 10 children have been detected in ward no. 12 of Ramgram municipality. Arsenic-contaminated water has claimed four lives so far. The locals are compelled to drink arsenic-contaminated water due to lack of alternative management of drinking water.

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Two and half hours to fetch water
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Arghakhanchi: The residents of Kole, Bakhre and Pakhere village of Thada VDC are forced to walk for two and half hours to fetch a gagri (water vessel) of water as there is no any water source or drinking water project operating in the village.

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Agitation for water
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Kavre: Locals of Keraghari, Khawa and Bhamarkot of Paanchkhal VDC staged agitation after they were deprived to use water from the source which they had been using for the past many years. The agitated Paanchkhal folks staged demonstration in front of District Administration Office Kavre for whole day on April 5.

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Drinking water shortage in Waling
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

By: Pradip Koirala

Syangja: Waling municipality, centre of Syangja district, is reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. It has been a daily routine of the Waling folks to wake up early and queue up in a water source 1 km away. Every household in the municipality has pipeline connection but there has been no water supply from the taps. Neither the political leaders nor the municipality office has shown concern to the drinking water problem of the locals.

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Drinking water scarcity
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Dailekh: Narayan municipality, district headquarters, is reeling under water shortage after two water sources dried up with the long dry-spell. Locals have to face drinking water problem throughout the year due to poor distribution system.

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Gerkhutar drinking water project completed
Posted by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Nuwakot: Construction works of Gerkhutar drinking water project has been completed. About 40 households of Gerkhutar VDC have been benefited from the project completed with financial support of District Development Committee Nuwakot. In the initiation of then Finance Minister Ramsaran Mahat, the District Development Committee has spent Rs. 0.2 million for constructing the project.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Lack of public toilet in Koteshwor
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

Thousands of people visit Koteshwor Chowk daily. But, the concerned agency has not shown interest to construct a public toilet in such a crowded place. The pedestrians and passers-by are facing problem due to lack of public toilet. The passers-by walking along the road defecate or urinate in public.

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Leakages
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

It is reported that 40 per cent of the water supply is lost through leakage in the distribution lines. This must be corrected by the use of remote sensing high technology at the earliest. The metropolitan city authorities should also follow a strategy of conservation of every drop of water in the Kathmandu valley by the construction of a dam at the Chovar Gorge and other dams at other sites of the river system.

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Disturbing
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2009

It was sad and disturbing to read the news report “Discrimination over Caste” (THT, April 8). Sunita B.K. was beaten for touching and using a community water source. It is disturbing that the incident took place in a sub-urban area in the valley and not in a remote rural area.

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Helpful
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 20 April 2009

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City office has brought a few mobile public toilets into service. The mobile service toilets are charging Rs. 3 and Rs. 2 per person for defecation and urination respectively. The use of public toilets, including the mobile toilets, should be 100 per cent free.

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Mobile toilets
Posted by Administrator   
Monday, 20 April 2009

With the reference to news story, "Mobile toilets boon for city" (April 7, Page 3), it is good to know that one mobile toilet has already been installed at Tundikhel and nine more are on their way. This will indeed be a boon for the city-dwellers, mainly pedestrians.

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ARTICLE
Water! Water!
Posted by Administrator   
Friday, 10 April 2009

ImageBy: Roma Aryal

Sunita Bujhel wakes up before dawn every other day to join the queue up at the public tap in Satdobato. After waiting all day she (pictured) returns home at around 3.30 PM carrying two jerrycans of water to last her family for the next two days. The recent rainfall that broke the six month drought has provided no relief, and the decrease in power cuts has only made things worse. As soon as the power comes on in the morning, shops and houses that have electric pumps quickly draw up the water, leaving no water for those waiting at the taps. “It’s difficult,” sighs Sunita, “even though we try to save as much as we can.”

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