100th week to be marked today of Bagmati Cleanning campaign

KATHMANDU, APR 11: Thousands of volunteers are set to gather along the 28-kilometre long stretch of the Bagmati River on today to form a human chain and convey a message that the holy river is no longer a dumping site just as they commemorate the 100th week of Bagmati Cleaning Mega Campaign.

The river cleaning campaign, led by Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal,  is going to observed simultaneously at 14 different places along the Bagmati River.

Fourteen government secretaries will lead groups at each place.

The 100th week of the cleaning campaign will be marked with the theme: ‘The Bagmati is our Mother, No one is allowed to throw waste into the lap of the Mother’.

The coordinators and volunteers was gathered on the banks of the river from Sundarijal to Chobhar by 7:15am. The campaign will start with the national anthem and formation of a human chain at 7:30.

Participants will chant three slogans — ‘we will not litter the Bagmati’, ‘we will not dump waste into the Bagmati’, and, ‘dumping waste into the Bagmati is not allowed’ — three times.

Various political parties, including the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Unified CPN-Maoist, have appealed to their leaders and cadres to participate in the mega campaign. The Bagmati Cleaning Mega Campaign was launched on May 19, 2013.