June 6, Kathmandu. The second meeting of the Infrastructure Development Coordination Committee of Kathmandu Metropolitan City was held on Monday. Most of the development partners participating in the meeting blamed others for the slow, chaotic and ineffective development work and weak urban infrastructure.
In the meeting of the representatives of the government offices working in the field of development and urban order in the valley, the participants tried to avoid saying that the problems seen in their work were due to other agencies. After listening to the heads and representatives of the development partners, Mayor Sah said that the current trend of working without coordination should be changed.
“If the citizens ask any question to the employees or contractors found in the field of infrastructure construction, don’t think that it is not my job. When it comes to other people’s work area, answer the query by coordinating. We should all work together to make the people feel that there is a government, ”said Balendra Shah (Balen), chief of the metropolis at the meeting.
He said that a collective effort of all was needed for a result-oriented work, adding that people’s representatives and government employees should not shy away from blaming others. “A lot of work will have to be done to manage Kathmandu, a vibrant cultural city. Let’s all try. The results will come gradually, ‘said Chief Shah.
Stating that there was not enough water in the required places due to non-reclamation of land, he stressed on the need to improve the environment, smooth distribution of urban services and interconnection of infrastructure construction.
During the meeting, Deputy Chief Sunita Dangol said that coordination should be made to prevent duplication of programs. Dangol hopes to get support from partner offices to make local government accountable and responsible. “I feel that the coordination meeting has been effective. This will not repeat the mistakes of the past and it is hoped that the situation will change, ‘said Deputy Chief Dangol.
During the meeting, Chairman of Nepal Telecommunication Authority Purushottam Khanal said that the infrastructure management of Kathmandu should be improved through legal means. He said that proper management would be possible only if budget was allocated for the management of sewerage, electricity, water and other wires along the road.
He said that sometimes there is a rift between the Nepal Electricity Authority and the telecommunication service providers over the issue of wires and poles. Aiming at the Electricity Authority, he said that there would be difficulties in managing the wires as they would bring separate budget and work on their own.
Head of Federal Road Supervision and Monitoring Office, Kathmandu, Dr. Vijay Jaisi said that there were problems on the road from electricity poles to drinking water and sewerage pipes. “Electricity authority puts poles on our roads without asking. The problem of sewage and pipes is the same during the Rana period. There is a problem in working in one’s own way due to lack of coordination, ‘he said.
Similarly, Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Chief Umesh Raj Joshi said that the problem of traffic jam has increased due to lack of coordination. ‘Someone digging the road, someone moving the pole, connecting the wires, doing sewerage work, the road becomes completely chaotic. Which is a big problem in the traffic system, ‘he said.
Deputy Executive Director of Nepal Electricity Authority and Chief of Distribution Department Manoj Silwal said that it was inconvenient to do electrical work in some places due to the road. Stating that they are coordinating with the road department, he said that the problem is oriented towards solution. Stating that the problem of wires is huge, he questioned who would pay the tariff for the electricity placed on the roads of the corporation.
Chief Executive Officer of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited, Milan Kumar Shakya, said that they have been cooperating with Kathmandu Metropolitan City since the new tap was given. “We want to provide one house, one tap in all the houses of Kathmandu metropolis. We will move forward in coordination with the ward office in this regard. We want to distribute water proportionately and distribute leakage-free water,” he said.
Nawaraj Pyakurel, executive director of the empowered Bagmati Civilization Integrated Development Committee, urged the Kathmandu metropolis to join the Bagmati sanitation campaign. “Empty vehicles are parked in the river corridors, construction materials are being dumped even after the work is completed. Due to such things, the corridor has not been made alive, ‘he said, drawing the attention of the metropolis. Pyakurel told the committee that the state government could co-operate in the budget for mobile toilets.
Dhanpati Sapkota, Municipal Police Chief of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, said that there was a problem when the construction workers in the Kathmandu Valley left the materials unattended in the road belt. ‘The road belt is for walking people. However, there are construction materials on the sidewalks, wires are hanging and pedestrians are walking on the road, ‘said Sapkota. He also said that the telecom company should coordinate with the municipal police when changing the wires.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Administrative Officer of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Loknath Poudyal requested the Road Department to complete the lower part of the road to Kakani (Pasang Lhamu Highway) as soon as possible. He said that due to the road, it was difficult to fulfill the commitments made in waste management.
He said that the Electricity Authority should reconcile the street lights by paying the tax to be paid to the metropolis. Chief Administrative Officer Poudyal said that they will pay in their own way by keeping a smart meter once the accounts are reconciled.
He said that he would move forward by cooperating with the Bagmati civilization on how to prevent sewage from flowing into the rivers of Kathmandu.
During the discussion, issues such as the need to improve the 19 rivers in the Kathmandu Valley through a single program and tighten the adherence to the standards of river flow area were raised. Discussions were also held on the management of unmanaged settlements along the river bank to increase the cleanliness and beauty of the city. Was done.
The issues of making inventory of road network, making water consumption plan, exchanging mutual services by connecting smart meters of electricity, working for the purpose of preventing duplication of plan were also raised.
The next meeting of the Infrastructure Development Coordinating Committee will be held on July 20.
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