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Kathmandu Metropolis to light up city from waste

Staffs of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City collecting garbage from a street in Kathmandu. Photo: File photo
Staffs of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City collecting garbage from a street in Kathmandu. Photo: File photo

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Kathmandu, the only metropolitan city in the country, is working to light up the capital city from an electricity generated from waste products. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City hoped that the waste that has been the worst headache for it would be utilized to generate power. The KMC is unveiling the project at its dumping site in Teku in cooperation of the European Union.  A gas plant will be built at the garbage collection center in Teku from where electricity would be generated from that, the KMC said.

The KMC is launching a small project for now to study impact of the project. “If the project gets success than it will be extended,” the KMC said. The EU has pledged for about 40 million rupees aid to implement the project. “All are finalized in talks and the final agreement on that will be held soon,” the KMC said, adding that the electricity generated will be used to illuminate nearby areas.

The KMC is working to complete the project by three years now.

Various national and international organizations have studied the possibilities of generating power from the garbage produced in Kathmandu.  A Korean firm two years ago had almost started the works but that was halted due to some reason at the last hour.

The capital city generates about seven hundred metric ton of garbage daily out of which the KMC collects four hundred 50 metric ton.

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