| February 17, 2019
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Make capital greener within a month and a half: DPM to KMC

Thapa wants the greenery seen in Kathmandu during 18th SAARC summit back in place in one-and-half months
KATHMANDU, June 16:Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa has instructed the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) office to work seriously to transform the capital city from concrete jungle into a clean and green city.

"The capital city has turned into a concrete jungle. KMC must work to make the city clean and green," Thapa told the officials during an inspection visit to KMC office at Bagdurbar on Wednesday.


"When we travel to foreign capitals, we realize how pathetic the condition of our capital city is. So we must work to spruce up our capital's image," Thapa told the officials. He said we in Nepal have forgotten about greenery in our obsession with development.

Thapa was quick to thank the KMC officials for their ongoing waste management work. Making the city clean is not enough, greenery is equally important, he said.
 
He expressed his serious dissatisfaction over the KMC's failure to maintain the greenery that was developed during the 18th SAARC summit. "The city was the most green around the time of the 18th SAARC summit," he said. "Now, the greenery especially long the roads is vanishing. I want you to bring that greenery back within a month and a half."

He also directed the KMC officers to plant trees along the roads. Nepal had hosted the 18th SAARC summit in November 2014.

He also strictly ordered the KMC officials to properly manage the power and telephone lines.

Similarly, he instructed the officials to light up public places such as streets and heritage sites with solar lights. He also assured that the government would provide funds to the KMC if needed. KMC CEO Rudra Singh Tamang had briefed DPM Thapa on the KMC's future plans and ongoing projects on the occasion.