KATHMANDU: Though people might argue that Kathmandu is an ideal place to live in Nepal, majority would instantly say no because of prevailing exhaustive pollution. The UN Habitat-for a better urban future has set the criteria such as a safe and healthy living environment for all-children, youth, women, elderly, disabled and healthy air quality, better waste management and sanitation. Internal tourists or foreign tourists might observe that the Kathmandutites might be living in fear-air pollution, water logged streets, nerve wrecking foul smell – but the denizens have no options rather than to adapt to it. Recently, Kathmandu was ranked 5th most polluted city in the World.
Poorly built road infrastructure and water sewage system, traffic jam and foul smell along the streams in Kathmandu have made it worst place to live in Nepal. People percive that Kathmandu is the reflection of the country’s civilisation, culture, tradition and daily routine life of people, however, people residing in Kathmandu cannot reflect all of the above mentioned attributes. However, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City too is unscathed by the problems faced by the people residing in Kathmandu. Denizens of Kathmandu seem unbothered by the laws as they are self governed. Stern laws should be in the offing to manage errant population. KMC needs to address the problems of air quality, drainage, sanitation and traffic management until it slips out of hand.