In the Mayors’ Summit on Air Pollution held in the valley today, district and municipality mayors of Kathmandu Valley have stressed on ‘joint efforts’ to collectively tackle the mounting problem of air-pollution.
Kathmandu’s air pollution is one of the worst in the world – lack of greenery, vehicle emissions, and dust owing to delayed infrastructural development being some of the major contributors. In the summit organised by Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Clean Energy Nepal and ICIMOD, all the mayors pledged to combat the problem collectively.
Kathmandu mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya pointed out the need of effective coordination among the federal, provincial and local level governments to promote a clean environment. Lalitpur mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan described air pollution as the biggest problem in the Kathmandu Valley and said the sole efforts of the local level would not be effective in addressing the problem. ICIMOD director general David Molden expressed his organisation’s support towards air pollution control.
Municipality mayors pledged their support too – voicing the need of more greenery and cooperation during infrastructural development.
With inputs from RSS.