Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has argued that development endeavors would get momentum only after peace and political stability in the country and urged one and all to focus towards that end.
During his meeting with the people of affected areas of Okharpauwa Landfill Site Tuesday, the PM said “our entire concentration onwards will be paid on the development activities instead of political movement.”
"It is really unfortunate that Nepal is still under poverty despite being rich in natural resources," he said, underlining the need of fully utilizing the natural property available in the country. He further expressed his views that nation would see peace and stability after the promulgation of a new constitution.
On the occasion, the landfill site affected people drew an attention of the government towards the enforcement of agreements reached between the two sides.
In the meeting, Nepali Congress central committee member Arjun Narsingh KC, who represents the constituency in the Constituent Assembly, said the solid waste from the capital dumped at the landfill site at Okharpauwa has adversely affected the health of the people living in the area.
He warned of staging a sit-in in the Constituent Assembly itself if the agreements and understanding the government has reached with the Okharpauwa locals were not immediately implemented.
CA member duo who represent the affected place Rajendra Pandey and Jagadishwar Narsingh KC, president of Nepali Congress Dhading district unit Ramnath Adhikari, among others, drew Prime Minister Koirala's attention to the adverse effects of the solid waste on public health and called for proper management of the waste.
The local community submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister calling for declaring the landfill site as a sensitive area, constituting a high-powered landfill site management committee and making alternative arrangement for waste management, among other demands.
Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission Dr Govinda Pokhrel and the representatives of the Ministry of Urban Development, the Local Development and the Waste Management Technical Centre were present in the meeting.