KATHMANDU: Mayors and senior officials of municipalities covered by planned Integrated Solid Waste Management Project have offered their all-out support smooth implementation of the project.
Stressing the need to speed up the project implementation process, they also urged Investment Board Nepal (IBN) to intensify the engagement with stakeholders to sort out the outstanding issues before signing Project Development Agreement (PDA) with the project developer.
Keeping in view the growing problems of solid waste management in the capital, the government came up with plan to implement the project with the involvement of private investors.
In a bid to sensitize newly elected mayors, deputy mayors and Executive Officers of the concerned 10 municipalities including Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) on significance of the project in capital, IBN office had organized an interaction on July 11.
Mayors, deputy mayors and senior officials of KMC, Gokarneswor, Kageshwori, Tokha, Tarakeshwor, Chandragiri, Tarakeswor, Shankharapur municipalities had participated at the half-day interaction.
They also voiced concerns over issues such as management of existing workforce of KMC, distribution of royalty among municipalities, availability of land in proposed land field site Banchare Danda, collection charge to be paid by households, development support for affected area and responsibility of government, developer and city resident in the process of project implementation. They also asked IBN to organized more extensive interaction with all stakeholders to clarify and discussion on the proposed provisions and outstanding issues in draft PDA.
Speaking on the occasion, Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development urged IBN and concerned municipalities said that government should not delay to implement the project that would be instrumental for making the capital clean and livable.
Thapaliya also said that management of solid waste was great challenges stating that KMC alone has been spending annually more than Rs 550 million for the purpose. He also suggested that developers and the government officials should avoid any ambiguities regarding project implementation modalities, role of everyone linked to the project, royalty distribution, incentives to developers, management of existing manpower with KMC, before signing PDA.
IBN’s CEO Maha Prasad Adhikari highlighted the significance of the project in Kathmandu valley urging all concerned municipalities to support for successful implementation of project.
Adhikari said that most of the major issues were agreed in the PDA, including the tariff to be levied by the project developer on individual households stating that IBN was conscious on making the PDA more realistic. Ashish Gajurel IBN’s consultant for Integrated Solid Waste Management Project, briefed about the technical aspects of the project and progress in PDA negotiation regarding the project.
Service charge has been proposed at Rs219 per month from each household for collecting their solid waste with the provision of tariff to increase 5 percent every year. Likewise, the developer has to pay 2 percent of the fees collected to local bodies as royalty.
Nepwaste, a Nepali-Finnish joint venture, will undertake Package 1 of the project which covers KMC and nine neighbouring municipalities—Budhanilkantha, Nagarjun, Tokha, Tarakeshwor, Gokarneshwor, Sankharapur, Dakshinkali, Kageshwori-Manohara and Chandragiri.
Nepwaste has agreed to build a landfill site at Banchare Danda in Nuwakot and a transfer station at Teku in Kathmandu.
After the PDA is signed with Nepwaste, IBN will initiate PDA negotiations with Clean Valley Company—the developer of Package 2 and Package 3 of the project that cover municipalities in Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur.
Senior officials of IBN have already completed separate meetings with mayors and deputy mayors of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Mahalaxmi Municipality, Shankarapur Municipality, Gokaneshwore Municipality. ♦