KATHMANDU, Aug 27
Unused new vehicles and high tech ambulances are covered with muck, thorny bushes and heaps of garbage. This is how the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has placed the vehicles donated by the government of China due lack of transport station, say the officials.
Of the 108 garbage trucks and water tankers, 28 are gathering dust at the KMC ´barrack´, Nepal Municipality Association, KMC chapter office and garbage transfer station at Teku.
According to Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of KMC Environment Division, 80 vehicles currently on use are sufficient for now and the rest are stored for the future use. Currently, 450 tons of garbage is generated from the Capital, but the KMC is able to dump only 200 metric tonnes wastes at Okharpauwa and Sisdole landfill sites because of their daily capacity.
However, continuous exposure to the elements has damaged the vehicles´ batteries, he said.
“Though my division had proposed the KMC headquarter for the construction of transport stations for the vehicles, the proposal is still under consideration,” said Shrestha adding “We have to replace the batteries to bring them into use.”
The government of China had donated the vehicles, water tankers and waste bins worth Rs 170 million on 2010.
Similarly, two of five high tech mobile health clinics are in sorry state under the open sky at the KMC barrack since the past two years. The ambulances, well equipped with medical kits to respond immediately for heart disease patients as well as emergency delivery of infants, were to be handed over to the locals of Sisdole landfill sites.
However, the locals have not come forward to claim the vehicles, said Shrestha. “The mobile clinic would benefit the rural people of Nuwakot and Dhading districts as they travel all the way to Kathmandu for medical services.”
Three other ambulances are being used in the weekly voluntary health camps the local health clubs conduct here.
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Published on 2012-08-27 05:00:13