Inn around Nepal's UNESCO Heritage Site turns to site for dumping wastes

13th Nov, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Nov. 13: The inn’s in Bankali area which is inhabitant for the pilgrims who traveled a long distance now has turned to be a site to dump the wastes.

The Bankali Dharmasala which is the integral part of the Pashupati Area, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is now set abuzz with flies as the cleaning has not been done since a month.

“It has been a month since waste was last removed from the place,” said Kedar Man Bhandari, main priest of the temple.

“All materials offered by pilgrims, such as flowers, colours, prasad, and clothes, among other things, were collected from the temple area and dumped inside the Dharmasala,” Bhandari informed.

Pashupati Area Development Trust has been working to conserve and operate Pashupatinath temple and other charitable institutions in the Pashupati area.

“We have been requested the Trust to clean up the area but it’s been a month since they have been dilly-dallying,” he said. According to Bhandari, more than 100 maids have been hired by the Trust to clean up the heritage site.

“Due to lack of a dumping site, we have been using the Dharmasala to dispose waste on a temporary basis,” said Ramesh Upreti, Executive Director of PADT.

“We have been cleaning up the area and removing garbage every day. We clean up this heritage site round the clock,” claimed Upreti.

“There have been almost no pilgrims visiting Bankali Dharmasala these days, so we dump materials offered by devotees, there,” said Upreti.