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)
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.
The man at work.
The wider look of the environment where the man is working
Non degradable: Plastics dumped
Ducks swimming in the river.
The next bank
Heaps of garbage.
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.
How could they live?
Sewerage at the river.
Crows and the Company
Does his wash make him clean?
Is this human conscience?
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.
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?
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
How Holy is this: A temple at Tekughat
Men and women at work
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?
The sewerage carrier
A mercury pipe floating into the water.
Then a single