August 21, 2017
Marking 223rd week of the Bagmati Mega Clean-Up Campaign, the Nepal River Conservation Trust and Friends Club Kupondole organized the Bagmati river festival or Maha Jal Yatra on August 19, 2017.
The festival that took place on the bank of Bagmati River in Kupondole saw a huge public participation.
Various programmes including art competition, rickshaw ride, horse ride and photo art exhibition were organized as part of the festival, of which, rafting activity on the river from Thapathali to Sundarighat in Kirtipur drew special public attention.
On the occasion, attendees also lit candles and left them in the river in memory of those killed in Tarai floods.
Culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi, who inaugurated the festival, said, “The Bagmati river is in a terrible state due our negligence. I am glad that people from different walks of life have gradually started to understand the significance of this holy river.”
He went to say that conserving the Bagmati river and restoring it to its original pristine state will mean preserving Nepali civilization and culture.
Nepal’s Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal, who initiated the Bagmati clean-up drive on May 18, 2013 during his tenure as the Chief Secretary of Nepal Government, lauded huge public presence at the event.
“If we take the responsibility of cleaning this river on our own shoulders then it won’t take long to achieve our goal,” said Paudyal.