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Kathmandu city requires 2 trees to get complete a house. But, 5 flowerpots work too

File: Vegetables and flowers cultivated on the roof of a house in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, January 7

With the Kathmandu valley’s air quality becoming the ‘worst’ in the world, there are discussions about efforts aiming at protecting the environment in the city.

In this context, some people are concerned about the local government’s rules about environmental protection.

The Kathmandu metropolitan city has a rule that at least two trees must be planted on the premises to get a certificate of the completion of the house construction, which is required for other facilities to be provided by the city government.

However, the rule has not been implemented well citing the lack of space.

Therefore, the city officials say they have been approving a construction if it has five flowerpots also!

The municipal government’s Map Department chief Suraj Shakya says it is not possible for every household to plant two trees while building the house as they do not have sufficient land. “However, it is easy for most of them to plant flowers and other plants in the flowerpots on the roof.”

Further, there is not any specification about the type of plants required in the flowerpots; even seasonal vegetables and flowers work.

He claims the city’s practice has significantly promoted greenery in the area.

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