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WASH NEWS DIGEST, November 28, 2011  [ back ]
Date: 2011-11-28 00:00:00

WASH WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 284, November 28, 2011


Dear Readers,

 
Once again, the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has revealed its financial bankruptcy stating that it has no money to carry out its development activities. KUKL has blamed huge sum of tariff dues, a large part of which is from government bodies and influential customers, for its financial crisis. The long outstanding water tariff dues to be collected by the KUKL has already crossed Rs. 1 billion 200 million. The KUKL itself admits that it has failed to improve its service level due to financial crunch. But just by blaming financial crisis for no improvement works, the KUKL cannot run away from its duties and responsibilities. It needs to work seriously to improve its financial status.
 
It has been seen that nearly half of the KUKL’s income is spent for salaries and benefits of its 1200 staffs. The company needs to be economic in its expenditures balancing the capital and current expenses. In order to collect the unpaid tariff dues, the company should be proactive to bring improvement in its service level winning the trust of its non-paying customers. A campaign of metering the connections, rescheduling its water supply for reliable and equitable distribution and relief package in dry zones are some immediate activities to win the hearts of its customers.


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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Squatters may face forceful eviction as deadline ends
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Friday, 25 November 2011
Kathmandu: Not a single squatter family in the Kathmandu Valley left their settlements even till the last day of the 15-day ultimatum to vacate their huts. Concerned over their defiance, the High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization (HPCIDBC) has sent an SOS to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) seeking help for their forceful eviction.

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Work until you drop, new KMC chief tells officials
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Thursday, 24 November 2011
 Kathmandu: Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, the newly appointed executive director of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), has directed metropolis officials to burn the candle at both ends so that service recipients can feel the change. According to KMC Spokesperson Gyanendra Karki, officials are under Adhikari’s orders to complete the pending works as soon as possible and focus on development projects.
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Signature campaign to ban plastic bags
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Thursday, 24 November 2011
 Kathmandu: A team of youth has collected over 7,140 signatures in support of a ban on the use of plastic bags. Bag Bringer Generation, a youth organisation, is coordinating the signature campaign against the use of non-degradable plastic bags responsible for polluting the environment and affecting public health. The lobbyists are planning to hand over the signatures to the Ministry of Environment (MoE) on Wednesday.

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Hisila put pressure to make her sister chairman of KUKL board
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Thursday, 24 November 2011
By: Arjun Subedi

Kathmandu: Maoist leader Hisila Yami has put pressure on the shareholders of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) to make her sister Timila the new chairman of the KUKL Executive Board. Hisila Yami had nominated Timila in the KUKL executive board from the government when she was the minister for Physical Planning and Works in 2008. Since then, Timila has been the regular member of the executive board representing from the government.

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Poor infrastructure hindering regular water supply
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
 Kathmandu: While 20 percent of the country’s population still has no access to piped water, the fortunate ones connected to the mains are not getting water regularly due to poor infrastructure. According to a recent study of the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS), only 17.9 percent of the piped water system is in a well-functioning state while 38.9 percent is in need of minor repair.

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Inactive KUKL
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011
 By: Bijay Chamling

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL), the sole utility responsible for water supply in the Kathmandu Valley, has become inactive owing to the lack of budget. Since KUKL is under severe financial crisis owing to long standing tariff dues, it has not been able to undertake any of its development activities. “KUKL has not been able to carry out any of its development activities owing to lack of budget,” said KUKL spokesperson Suresh Acharya.

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Call for sound water resource policy
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
New Delhi: Nepal’s leading water resources experts Ajay Dixit and Dipak Gyawali today said the country’s national water policy should promote comfortable knowledge on water and synthesize various aspects such as hydrology, technology, climate and river patterns to make water projects successful and sustainable.

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NATIONAL

23 drinking water projects in Sindhuli
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Sindhuli: Twenty three drinking water projects are to be started in different parts of the district. Sindhuli people have been facing an acute shortage of drinking water for years, especially during summer season. According to district drinking water and sanitation office, Rs. 26.3 million was allocated for the implementation of these projects. The projects of Kunduletallotar at Kamalamai municipality are expected to complete this year.

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A ‘gargi’ of water costs 35 rupees
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
By: Birendra K.C.

Arghakhanchi: Harikala Ghimire, a resident of Sime Deurali, pays Rs. 35 for a ‘gagri (water vessel) of water. “It is difficult to carry water from the distant water source. Therefore, I am paying Rs. 35 for a ‘gagri’ of water,” said Ghimire, adding, “My family needs 3 ‘gagris’ of water daily but I am meeting household chores with a ‘gagri’ of water.”

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Make sanitation a top development priority
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Thursday, 24 November 2011
Around 16 million Nepalis still defecate in the open everyday as they have no access to basic sanitation facilities. But constructing toilet and maintaining hygiene still remain a great challenge throughout the country, especially in the rural parts. To achieve the Millennium Development Goals on sanitation, Nepal needs to provide 73 per cent of the population with adequate sanitation by 2015.

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Bye Bye Plastic
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Friday, 25 November 2011
It is a delight to hear that a campaign has been started to end the use of plastic bags in the country as they are a major cause for the deterioration of our environment (“Signature Campaign to ban plastic bags,” November 23, Page 2). Their use not only adversely affects our health, but plastic is non-biodegradable and creates unbalance in the ecosystem, sometimes even leading to the death of already endangered wildlife.

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