Shame on Kathmandu people: Holy Bagmati turning into a repository for sewage and garbage

Posted by: EverestUncensored Correspondent

Bagmati is a sacred river to all the Hindu populace. It resides Pashupatinath, the holiest of all Shiva shrines, the ascetic God of Hindus, at its lap. It used to be the source of livelihood to people, fauna and flora living in the valley and down stream. It is still thought as a Holy place for Hindus to cremate, especially the Aryaghat. Thousands of people throng to Pashupatinath, with also the hope to take a dip into the river and take (drink) Jala (Sacred Water) from the river. When they see the pollution, many of them, I think abandon their thoughts. Yet, Bagmati water near Pashupatinath has been made cleaner.

(Pictures: Binaya Neupane)


My God!

However, the Bagmati River now has become a repository for sewage and garbage by the people of Kathmandu valley. All the sewerage system within the valley is fed directly into Bagmati or into the streams nearby and brought to Bagmati. The middle age people, who observed Bagmati some thirty years ago, are astounded now to see the encroachment of the river and disposal of garbage. They have experienced that the volume of the water has also reduced remarkably and noticeably. People carry the garbage from their Houses and shops in plastic bags and throw here. In the same way, the drains are also brought to the river. It is very unfortunate that many of the Kathmandu households don’t make safety tanks, instead directly mix the sewerage from toilet to the drains. This has very critically affected the river. The river now is like a sewer. And the people living by the banks are severely affected by the pollution. They say they have to live in strong odor for more than six months except the months of rainy season. This bad odor can be smelt as farther as 100 meters from the river.

With an aim to see the degree of pollution, the Everestuncensored team visited the segment of the river from Thapathali to Balkhu, the worst polluted segment this Saturday. We found horrible situation there. After the visit, we concluded that Kathmandu is no more worth living. We guess by seeing the following pictures, our visitors will never love Kathmandu. Or even I think they will shut their nose with a feeling of bad smell in their computer screen as well. After seeing the pictures, they may also conclude that we Kathmandu residents are the dirtiest and least civilized people in the country and even in the world. But we hope, if these words and the pictures compel our visitors to think a little before throwing garbage or mixing sewerage in the river, our effort of working early in the morning at the filth and playing with it will be justified. We can just ask our readers that after all in which century of the history are we living? Can’t we make a little difference?


Oh no! The garbage dump at the lap of the beautiful peaks at the background.


Dogs and the bullocks, feeding themselves at the dump.


Me too! Now cow


The crows at the river bank.


Dumping site all along both the banks of the river


Our livelihood: Two children seeking their livelihood in the garbage.


At work: Indra talking to a man who was digging mud from the river. He said he’ll carry the mud to make his home at Bafal.


Now Bishnu observing the ‘HOLY’ river.


Man and the animal: Is there any difference? (Sorry to say)


Puppy and the babies:


How clean! Don’t shut your nose. We are also responsible for the consequence.


I don’t care: A man walks from the dirty water.


Flying crows.


The man at work.


The wider look of the environment where the man is working


Non degradable: Plastics dumped


“HOLY BAGMATI”


Ducks swimming in the river.


Many ducks


The next bank


Heaps of garbage.


Burnt down.


Where do they come from: The levels of plastic bottles.


A close look


Are those houses made on the foundation of garbage? It looks like a water plant in blue.


How could they?


Is she in the morning walk?


Dogs enjoying: Do they?


The sewerage mixed at the river from both the banks.


This for me: A man finds a shovel at the river and collects it to sell for recycle.


Seeking food.


How could they live?


Sewerage at the river.


Crows and the Company


Does his wash make him clean?


Is this human conscience?


Barbers’ dump


The crow


Is this any worth living?


People cross a suspension over Bagmati bridge.


The Bagmati bridge at Balkhu


How lovely could it have been, if the water was clean and blue.


Do they care? The central office of the country’s largest ruling Party is dumb found towards the pollution. Even one has to walk the filthy path to reach the office.


The Bagmati and the Nepali congress


Do they get the fishes?


Not less filthy: A rivulet flows to meet the Bagmati.


Did he get one?


They are also trying. What is Indra looking for?


What is this? Even the Metropolis doesn’t care that the dead animals flow down in the Bagmati.


The other shame.


The Bagmati, the sewerage and the Nepali congress


Who is this dwelt by? A house looks like a public inn, but is changed into a personal house. Two families are residing here.


The Bagmati flows to meet the Ganges.


How clean!


This part as well.


The Bagmati, the animals and the modern human beings (using machineries).


Was this culvert also used for draining sewerage into the Bagmati?


Mud or the sand?


Free parking?


Looking for prey: A vulture flies above the water.


The crow: food just at the mouth.


Isn’t it the worst and evil practice?


The Mo Mos


The bananas


How Holy is this: A temple at Tekughat


The vultures


Men and women at work


Taking rest


Are they dividing something?


Be aware: This notice board reads that his hands and the legs will be broken if anyone threw the garbage there. The notice is posted by the local Rajtirtha Youth group.


But to no avail: There is the heap of garbage just below the board.


The TU at the back ground.


A park protected by Rajtirtha Youth group.


Constructive: Football ground protected by the same. This group has protected nearly 1 km area stretch of the Bagmati bank from Thapathali Bridge to Teku Kalo Pul. It has fenced the land and it is used for various purposes including vegetable farming.


Thousand rupees fine: another notice


Inner garments outside: Did they wash their clothes at the same Bagmati?


Water birds enjoying, but aren’t they affected with the pollution?


Many birds


The bird


The sewerage carrier


Lazy one


A mercury pipe floating into the water.


Many birds


Then a single

Shame on Kathmandu people: Holy Bagmati turning into a repository for sewage and garbage was last modified: November 4th, 2006 by EverestUncensored Correspondent
 

Blog Comments

  1. Parveen Chhetri

    Can you imagine? Their are 100 of NGOs, dozens of INGOs and half a dozen of GOs working for Bagamati river and they are making millions of dollors every year by selling Bagmati. But condition of Bagamti is worsening day by day. I think Bagmati will not going to be a pollution free river unless and untill each and every people of Kathmandu consider Bagmati as their own and to keep it clean as their moral responsibility.

    SAVE BAGMATI!

  2. Shubhechchha Thapa

    It is really sad to realize the real picture of the Holy River Bagmati. I feel that every individual should take some initiative from their own side, big or small, to give life back to the river. Why to look only for the Government and the like bodies? After all we are equally responsible for it, and now we should realize that ‘Conservation of the Bagmati River’ is our responsibility…responsibility of every human individual of the Kathmandu…so why not take action?

  3. uanynomous

    ask the dog Prachanda and his comrades to clean it. They try to show their drama in kathmandu by cleaning the roads etc. why doesnt he do something nobel as this

  4. Geeta

    Its time for the Government of Nepal to take notice of things like this and act instead of paralizing the nation behind Girija and Prachanda egos. These two men do not seem to be far-sighted. They need to study Geeta just like K.P. Bhattarai did. Problem with the K.P. Bhattarai is that he has not been able to translate to real politics what he learned from Krishna-Arjun debate. Problem with Girija and Prachanda is that they do not even have tiny knowledge of Krishna-Arjun debate. It is time for them to have a summit with K.P.

    Geeta – the Geeta Lover!

  5. TravFan

    Pralhad Lamichhane, TRAV, both thanks for Inputs. Let us team up to do something on this terrible facets of Nepalese life, so, rivers get cleaner and dumps are recycled like in US.

  6. Prahlad Lamichhane

    Shaming fact! I am a student in Germany studying MSc Resources Engineering (Land and water resource development). I was looking for document on water quality of kathmandu valley, I found this website that make me shame with myself. Every Bagmati was there…dark, sludgey and so on. I can feel the pungent scent even from the photos.

    The pollution control of Bagmati river is now beyound the control of communities, NGOs and CBOs insted needs a strict system that is obligatory to follow. But before that govt should invest to solve the drainage problem of kathmandu.

    I expect Bagmati to be fresh and pretty. Govt should take the first action managing sewerage then people automatically cooperiate to maintain Bagmati clean.

    Better Environment for better health and creativity, and it is for sustainability of humanbeing. So let us cooperate for better Bagmati and let us give pressure to Govt for better bagmati being ourself responsiable in this regard.

  7. Prahlad Lamichhane

    Shaming fact! I am a student in Germany studying MSc Resources Engineering (Land and water resource development). I was looking for document on water quality of kathmandu valley, I found this website that make me shame with myself. Every Bagmati was there…dark, sludgey and so on. I can feel the pungent scent even from the photos.

    The pollution control of Bagmati river is now beyound the control of communities, NGOs and CBOs insted needs a strict system that is obligatory to follow. But before that govt should invest to solve the drainage problem of kathmandu.

    I expect Bagmati to be fresh and pretty. Govt should take the first action managing sewerage then people automatically cooperiate to maintain Bagmati clean.

    Better Environment for better health and creativity, and it is for sustainability of humanbeing. So let us cooperate for better Bagmati and let us give pressure to Govt for better bagmati being ourself responsiable in this regard.

  8. Suman

    We like our dirty Bagmati. It is so easy to throw trash, particulary for some of us with houses along the river bank. These days it is very costly to have someone come and collect trash. We can just throw to the river and stay worry free. And we can gradually expand our yard as river is shrinking gradually. Some of us have become millionnaire overnight selling the original river bed.

    Please do not come after our bread and butter.

    Suman

  9. Tejaswee

    The people living by the side of river banks are used to by the smell so they dont even care to look at the garbage thrown at the river and those people who are far from the area dont know what is happening to our Holy River Bagmati.So the question is who is going to clean the Bagmati?Government or the people like us.Government is always busy with their own world solving political issues and people like us are busy in their own world and lastly remains the same BAGMATI it its own state.

  10. LPK

    CMON’ Pictures!!! Exclusive..Binaya Neupane’s extraterrestial sense..to capture those ..earthly..scenes..and touch our human hearts..make us cry…He has also been seen with other lively scenes..Creativity flourished..Abundance of Reality and liveliness..Profound activities..where those souls in pictures speak..Keep on haunting for ages..into the subtle memory portion..What are other photographers doing..flashing before politicians and not addressing real values that are essential in one part of world that affects whole globe.

    I also love the comments that are posted alongside the pictures..new saying..new ideas..compelling us to jump for action.
    ..
    I will join the campaign really ..as alone I am insufficient..with Team I can succeed..We will take all power Tillers, Dozers….Trucks..Mini trucks..vans..Mini-vans …to collect the waste once and for all…

    meanwhile we also need to change the mentality of kathmanduities who like throwing gibber..sewage..into the river..not understanding that dirty river breeds Disease..and we need to cure the disease from years inside the mentality of people..We need a lot of media Focus and house-centric consciousness..I remember guys plunging into bagmati river during school days even by bunking classes..We need support from ALL sections of Kathmandu..if we really want to make it lively..and Binaya would not get chance to photograph those scenes again..so as to knock our intoxicated brains.

  11. Anil Sharma

    Oh My God!!!
    The holy bagmati!!!
    Firstly, thank you Everest Uncensored Team for in initiations and good work keep on opening the eyes of Nepalese citizens inside out. It is really an excellent job you have done and hope it will continue in the near future too.

    I am amazed how you people have managed to go and take the picture as you have said in the write up “they will shut their nose with a feeling of bad smell in their computer screen as well.” and I feel the same.

    But shutting our nose is not the right solution we; all the Nepalese; have to open up and have to start the “clean Bagmati” campaign as Rudra Ji has told. “Thopa Thopa mile ra samudra bancha” let us promote the work done my Everest Uncensored and start seeing/ thinking / acting for some quick solution and let us really cleaning-up the holly bagmati;

    Let us keep the holy thing as holly;
    Let us not turn it into a repository for sewage and garbage;

    Last but not least Good Work Binaya Neupane and the Everest Team.

  12. Aarju Pandey

    This is so gross!
    Someone do something before our heritage goes to the streets.
    These fragments of holiness and heritage are what keep us apart from any other country.
    So let’s work together to keep the Bagmati alive.

  13. Rudra Pandey

    Thanks guys for taking this initiative and showing us the real picture. This really makes me very sad and force me think how can I help to clean holy Bagmati river. I remember walking along the river bank during my school years. Those were beautiful moments. When I close my eyes, I remember Bagmati I saw 20 years back. I can’t close my eyes any more. You guys opened my eyes. This series may start big “clean Bagmati” campaign. For those of who are outside the country, think of the holy water our loved ones drink before dying.

    Rudra

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