The Kathmandu Post, 1 Dec 2017
Workers from the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) cleaned the street of Ratnapark area using a broomer machine on Thursday.
Hari Bahadur Kunwar, the KMC Environment Division chief, said the street clean-up process was part of the “Clean the City” drive aimed at minimising dust pollution in the Capital city.
This clean-up campaign will be carried out in other parts of the city as well, he added.
The KMC had borrowed the road broomer machine from the Department of Roads because the one it owns has been put out of commission for maintenance.
The KMC also water sprayed the street and footpath of Kesharmahal-Jamal stretch on Thursday evening.
Kunwar said the street will be cleaned with the broomer machine on Friday.
To keep the streets of Kathmandu free of dust, dirt and grime, the KMC will be needing more than one functioning broomer machines.
Its plan to purchase new machines has been postponed for now owing to high cost, said Kunwar.
Earlier in May, the KMC had announced its intent to acquire 10 new broomer machines after the Ministry of Finance agreed to release Rs 90 million for the purpose. Ishowr Poudel, the then KMC chief executive officer, had assured that the machines would arrive within six months.
Kunwar said they were planning to buy broomer machines within their price range.