Recently the Bagmati Clean-up Campaign celebrated its 100th week on Saturday. Following the occasion a human chain was formed along the riverbanks, from its origin at Bagdwar to its outlet at Chobhar covering 28 KM.
The program was launched in 2013, by the Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, but it grew a-lot of attention when various social media and mobile technology was used to market about the campaign.
On one hand the campaign has been highly appreciated for its continuous operation and social values
where as on the other hand the campaign has also been criticized for its short term solution and facebook gimmick.
People have been arguing the major objective of the campaign, to be just awareness or something else. As Bagmati flows from the center of the capital and works as one of the major sewage channel, it has transformed itself to a lousy tradition of nasty smell and impurities.
On the 100th week thousands of people turn out to participated in the campaign but most of them were seen posting pictures on social media. The campaign was highly appreciated in social media where people bombarded their walls with selfies and other pictures.
It seemed as if people were happy to be part of a campaign just for the sake of taking pictures. As everyone coming there knew what was happening and how Bagmati was getting dirty. The major concern was about what to do next or what could be done to stop the pollution.
I think Bagmati is suffering a tragic ignorance of concerned department which can be solved by proper systematic urbanization planning. A simple solution is a sewage treatment plant which can treat the dirty sewage water and further filter the sewage from the river.
Bagmati cleanup campaign is certainly a credible move in terms of practice and operation but when it comes to practice things have not changed. It seems that we Nepalese are more happy with certain limitation of change. We are so discouraged by the system and political leaders that we need some level of assurance and we just blindly follow anything and everything.
Reality of today is things have not changed in bagmati, the river still stinks and sewerage still flows.
so what' s the use? and what is the motive?
I think we all know how the Bagmati is getting dirty or how our sewage that flows from our hosuehold is making it dirty?
So what is the solution ?
Just by spreading the awareness is not enough we need concrete action followed by commitment and cooperation from all side.
Stop being so vulnerable and let's do some action in regards to save our tradition of Bagmati.