Bagmati River Festival: Conservation of Degrading River
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The Bagmati River is the principal river of the Bagmati Basin (ca. 3640km) in Kathmandu Valley. The river, fed by springs and monsoon rainfall, originates in the north of Kathmandu Valley and drains across the Mahabharat Range to the Gangetic plain. Over the past 20 years, the pressure placed upon Bagmati and other rivers by the ever growing population of the Kathmandu Valley have turned this sacred river into something that is little more than a drain- a convenient disposal system for the solid waste and sewage produced by the people of Kathmandu. In response to the worsening situation of the Bagmati River and in order to alter the biological degradation in it, NRCT had initiated Bagmati river conservation campaign called Bagmati River Festival (BRF) in 2001, in association with some like-minded organizations. The festival comprises of several events including clean-up campaign, public awareness programs, workshops, water sports events etc. In this context we have realized that intensifying the Bagmati River Festival can be the only way to ensure biological, social, religious and political sustainability of the Bagmati River.