22 August, Pokhara. When the then Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhanubhakta Dhakal visited the Pokhara Regional International Airport on January 20, 2077 BS, mission chief Vinesh Munkarmi requested for assist in eradicating the close by landfill website.
He had drawn the minister’s consideration to the truth that Pokhara Metropolitan City has not discovered one other place to dump the rubbish until the airport is prepared. Pokhara Metropolitan City is managing the waste of households and public locations within the metropolitan space since 2061 BS on the banks of river Seti in Ward No. 14.
According to Kalpana Baral, head of the Metropolitan Sanitation Division, there was an settlement with the native folks to throw rubbish within the space for 15 years. But two years have handed because the settlement was reached. Pokhara Metropolitan City can also be in search of one other place to dump the rubbish.
Though the company in its coverage and program has talked about to seek out yet one more landfill website yearly, however the work has not been achieved. According to Baral, the top of the sanitation division, the town generates 200 tonnes of rubbish each day. The company has entrusted 9 non-public firms to gather the rubbish.
The committee repeatedly searched the landfill website
A committee was shaped two years in the past in coordination with Darshan Lama, president of Ward No.13, to seek out one other place to dump rubbish in Pokhara. The committee had additionally submitted its report in January final yr. Although it was mentioned that it could be offered within the forty seventh govt assembly of the metropolis, however the report didn’t come within the assembly.
In its place, one other committee was shaped on July 3, 2008 with the coordination of Ward No. 16, Ward President Jeevan Acharya. A committee headed by Acharya has ready a report recommending dumping of rubbish at some locations. However, the assembly couldn’t happen because the metropolitan govt assembly couldn’t be held, mentioned coordinator Acharya. ‘We have made a report by analyzing 2/3 appropriate places. However it has not been submitted. Now will probably be launched after the assembly begins,” mentioned Acharya.
Pokhara Metropolitan Chief Man Bahadur GC is in Kathmandu for a month and a half for remedy after a stroke. Pokhara Metropolitan Information Officer Bharatraj Poudel mentioned that regardless of the duty being given to Deputy Chief Manju Devi Gurung, the chief committee assembly couldn’t be held.
The committee has recognized land for a brand new landfill website, giving excessive precedence to the boundaries of Wards 20 and 16 of Pokhara Metropolitan City. However, the place has not been made public saying that there could also be protests from the native folks.
Crores of rupees have been allotted for the research of potential websites within the final monetary yr. But on account of non-formation of the research committee, the allotted quantity couldn’t be spent. The Auditor General’s Office has additionally raised questions over the shortage of feasibility research even after the funds allocation.
Accountant General’s Question in Company Selection
For waste administration in Pokhara, the town will get 20 % of the quantity paid by the residents and 80 % to the non-public waste administration firm.
According to the sanitation division, an settlement has been signed with six firms for the administration of family waste, two firms for the administration of excretory waste and one firm for the administration of medicinal waste. However, an organization named Pokhara Waste Management Pvt Ltd has been accumulating waste for 13 years with none competitors.
The Accountant General has raised questions concerning the metropolis as the corporate, which had signed an settlement to gather rubbish in Pokhara in 2065 BS, was allowed to gather waste with none competitors for an extended time period.
“Even after 13 years of the initial agreement, the firm has benefited from the continuation of the same firm without competition and appears to have lost a significant amount of revenue to the metropolis,” the report mentioned.
It has been discovered that the metropolis has not collected the quantity as per the settlement entered into with one other rubbish assortment firm within the metropolis. It was instructed that the metropolis, which had entered into an settlement in October 2018 for 4 years, would get Rs 10 lakh yearly.
According to the Accountant General, although the settlement was terminated, the corporate has up to now despatched solely Rs 333,000 to Mahanagar. The Accountant General has indicated that Rs 35 lakh must be recovered from the corporate.
The Auditor General’s report states that the metropolis has paid Rs 14 lakh in lieu of the contract in lieu of recovering the quantity from the rubbish service. Though 20/80 per cent of the income is shared with different firms, the Accountant General mentioned he isn’t certain about refunding the quantity as there isn’t a settlement with Waste Services.
The metropolis has acquired cost of Rs 14.14 crore 4 instances at totally different instances. Accounts must be maintained with proof of expenditure as per financial actions. Since it couldn’t be settled (with waste administration), it couldn’t be ascertained how a lot cash must be refunded,’ the report mentioned.
The Accountant General has talked about that there are irregularities within the revenue as per the contract. Despite the settlement to share 20-80 per cent of the revenue, the Accountant General has identified that monetary irregularities are happening as the precise revenue of the businesses shouldn’t be mounted.