Pollution has become a death trap in the Kathmandu valley. Over the year Kathmandu was mainly confine to within the perimeters of the ring road but has burgeoned in expansion after the turn of the century, with more and more settlements clustered with houses so much reaching the foothills of each corner and beyond.
These foothills and above would have also become a battle ground for the land mafias if they hadn’t fallen under the jurisdiction of reserves and protected government property.
With in the increase in populations has also come with many hazards such as pollution of all kinds along with activities detrimental to proper healthy living. The craze for ownership of property which as resulted what in awareness of what it does in affluences has also lead people to crave for more wealth and as a result to an increase of vehicles.
Since the year 2000, the amount of various types of vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, larger vehicles, such as truck of various load capacity and public transportation has gone up astronomically. Though much has been done to make the roads wider, it has done nothing to show that the loads on them have decreased. In fact it shows that the situation is becoming worse than what it was in the past.
To couple with the increase in the inhethered increase in traffic which spuries out toxic exhaust, there is the never ending activity of infrastructure development activity to placate in increase population of affluence by the government.
This with the cacophony of noise couple with the dust kicked up from the roads and then mixed with the exhaust from the ceaseless movement of vehicles which on the part of the authorities have not done a dime to curtail, not only drives drives a sane person insane. Long exposure to his can of treatment is a guaranteed health hazard.
The pollution that one has to encountered is not only confined to the day, night is an added misery, with what is called as light pollution. You are blinded by the light of each other vehicle competing to be the brightest. So much so that it can make a person who has already gone sane a total lunatic and the uneven cobblestones can add to your miseries.
The truth is the periodically, the hospitals and the medical profession given stern warnings of the truth in the increase in patients unknowingly victims of the pollution in Kathmandu Valley that has made it a death trap.
The air in Kathmandu had nowhere for it to escape to as the valley is like a bowl surrounded by hills on all sides. The pollution created stays in and requires for some magic to happen to blow it over the hills and give us a fresh breather.
The government which lies here knows the problem and is hardly doing anything to alleviate the problem that is because practically no one cares as long as they live in Kathmandu and have the affluence that makes them important people of the country.
It is high time that health conscious people begin migrating away from the valley as with the state of affairs, for things to become better, first there has to be corpses lying on the road from the pollution increasing on a daily scale.