I take responsibility for sinking of schoolgirl: KMC mayor

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Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Bidya Sundar Shakya has taken responsibility for the unfortunate incident of sinking of the schoolgirl on Friday.  

He stated that the KMC has not been involved in sewer management until now and the Department of Sewerage Management has been overseeing that but said he takes responsibility for the unfortunate incident as an elected mayor. "It is a very sad incident even from human perspective. We should not remain silent on this," he said. He revealed that he has started deliberations with engineers and ward chairmen to ensure that such incidents are not repeated, and assured solid safety measures.

He attributed the incident to lack of outlet for rain water due to the narrow space left for flow of water while constructing road. "I sent engineers and the ward chairman of the area for inspection of the site of incident. They found that there was no outlet for rain water due to the narrow space left for flow of water while constructing road," Mayor Shakya told Setopati on Sunday.

"The technicians have said the incident happened in lack of differentiation between the road and drain when rain water did not flow," he added.


He said he will visit the site and meet the victim's family on Monday. "I have been talking with engineers and ward chairmen for long-term solution to the problem. I am also coordinating with relevant government bodies for that," he said.
 

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