Dec 21

Bagmati River, KopundoleView of Bagmati River from Google Earth. Kopundole – Thapathali

May be you guys are asking, why this is want to know where is the land of Bagmati River? Bagmati river is there and the water is flowing over it. Do you think what is seeing now is only the part of the river?

I live in Kopundole near the Bagmati river bridge. I have been seeing this river since childhood and I have an emotional attachment with this river. We used to go there to play swimming may be 20 years back. It was clean till that time, but look at the face of the river after 20 years. It is a holy river for all the Hindus as it flows by the Pashupati Nath Temple. If you show the condition of the river to some tourist, I am sure they will ask you, “Do you call this river a holy river”.

Any way the thing I want to talk today is not about how clean is river or why we call is Holy River or should we stop calling Holy River. This river has been attacked by ever one.

Firstly it was attacked by the municipality by dumping all the waste product to this holy river and making it look worst. Now the recent attack I have seen is by the so called homeless people. The river banks have been captured by them. They have been living there with tents, but now I see some solid house. I heard once that government used police force to drive them away and they were gone for some time, but now they have again seized the Bagmati banks. They are cultivating vegetables, build school with bricks house and the government is not taking any action.

Thapathali side of Bagmati river with tents

The issue is not just that the river banks are captures, but by such act we are inviting another big natural disaster in that area. Hope everyone of are aware of what our grandparents used to say us when we were children,” Never play with Fire and Water, they are too dangerous and act fearfully in certain occasions”.

West side of Bagmati river from Kopundole Bridge

East Side of Bagmati river from Kopundole Bridge

The recent disaster we saw from water was the Koshi flood, and the whole nation is still facing the problem brought by that. Land transportation is totally closed, we need ferry to cross the river, due to that flood many electric poles are out of use, and the electricity Nepal buy from India is not supplied to Nepal and we are forced to face 10 hours load shedding right now. You can no longer get the right dual fuel for you or your area.

We see less water in this river now, so may be they have thought it is a good place to live. But who knows about Nature. When will these rivers get fearful? We don’t know. I remember may be 6 years ago there was a big flood in Bagmati. What will happen to these people when such flood once again comes in this river with out giving any hint to them at night while they are sleeping? How many people will loose their life? These people also should think of their life. May be they have their own problem, why would people risk their life and stay live with such condition.

Now we are quiet, I have not heard any one raising how to displace these people from river bank and save the river banks from unauthorized capture. In future if something bad happen to these people by natural disaster then everyone will shout at the government why they did not take safety measure in past. They will blame the government on the loss of life of these people.

We need to preserve the river banks of Bagmati; we need to work on how to conserve the river. How to make is clean. There has been some awareness programme to save Bagmati, every year one organization do rafting in Bagmati to aware people to save Bagmati.

United Nations with Nepal Government have created parks so that river banks also get safe, people get place to visit for relax, or morning walks. We can see green tress there which is really important of concrete cities like Kathmandu where it is hard to find open place now. But my second thought says, is it right to capture the Bagmati land and make it Park? What you guys think in this issue? Don’t you think that rive needs it’s space to flow, they can act fearful anytime.

UN Park board at Gusingal, Kopundole

UN Park, Thapathali

Soon we will see Trees here, it is also Bagmati’s land now United Nations Park.

In recent years, the government has made a road on the banks of the river to reduce the traffic in main roads and make this road as an alternative and short cuts.  It is good for us as we have many options to use the road and choose from where we can reach fast to our destination. Hope while making this roads, they have studied the effects of the road on the river. Hope that in future any big flood will not take the roads away.

Every time when I see this river, its banks I just feel sorry for myself. Every time I see that the river width is getting short and the land is increasing and people are capturing them.

We need to act now to save our holy river, we need to raise our voice and make the government hear about is and take the necessary action on these people who are living in river banks. They should take action on people who have illegally capture the river’s land.  We need to act now to not to be the eyewitness of another natural disaster in Bagmati.

I wish i can see lots of water in this river once again, let’s make it our pride like the Thames River in London.

Tents of homeless people at Bagmati River banks with Open Toilet for kids

Vegetables Cultivated at backside of the tents

See the yellow part in this picture. no water, so you can easily cross the river, and see where they have cultivated teh vegetables. May be soon we can see a brick house in the middle

Brick house made by the homeless people. Guess what, if he can make a brick house, can’t he live in a rented rooms.

Bagmati must be asking to herself “where is my land”, see how narrow the river is flowing.

River is still wide in east side though we see the illegal capture

Work in progress for park, see how narrow the river flows at western side of bagmati bridge in Kopundole.

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14 Responses to “Where is the land of the holy River Bagmati”

  1. Stocks and Bonds » Blog Archive » Where is the Land of the Holy River Bagmati Says:

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  2. aAkaR Says:

    yes, its a nice post about Bagmati River.
    I used to go to college at kupondole, and I was afraid and shocked by the condition of river.
    I’m from sarlahi and we all people survive on Bagmati River. Every crops has been irrigated by water of Bagmati and there Bagmati looks so clean and clear.
    But in kathmandu…. ufff……
    Can’t compare a bagmati river in ktm and in sarlahi……
    It’s a time to save our holy river Bagmati…

  3. Mrigesh Says:

    Sad but true..Hope someday it will get cleaned.

  4. amol Says:

    ho bhanya, bagmatiko durdasha bhaisakyo. Pakh sangesh, ma nepal auchhu ani ta-hami sab milera ti sukumbashiharulai kutera lakhetnu parchha.

  5. Suntali Says:

    How about solve the slum problem in Nepal first and then talk about beauty of Bagmati river. Its necessary that Bagmati river be cleaned, but don’t blame the slum area and the homeless! They’ve no where else to go!

  6. Sudarshan Says:

    nice pictures ………….. real coverage

    however you could have described the fact elaborated manner…….

    anyway thnx

  7. Pramendra Kumar Singh Says:


    Dear Sir !

    Agree with you. Bagmati 20 years ago and then seems different.
    people are facing various environmental problems. The growing population demand more volumes of water but there is lack in supply. Who is responsible for this ? we all are responsible for this. Unsystematic urbanism and compromise with our need to garbage the wastage into beautiful natural sites bring us to this stage. The area of the river becoming narrower. Not only that people without hesitating continue to throw the garbage on streams of the river. No Governing body monitoring and control on it. Now time has come that people have to think on this matter seriousely and take concrete action.



  8. Bangkok Condos for rent Says:

    Hi, Interesting article

  9. Lalit Jha Says:

    I am from a village by the bank of this River in Sitamarhi district of Bihar, I have seen this river since child hood and played in it, I along with friends used to swim hours and hours, many times used to drink the same water but now after seeing the condition of it and that to at the very early stage were it takes birth just 15-20 kms, I aso had the dreams to visit the birth place of the Holy river Baghmati But after seeing the condition it was shame full for the complete human generation that what we got from the nature for us and what in turn we are giving to them, one or the other way it also shows the level of coruption in our present society, as we have enough funds for cleaning amd maintaining of the river but only on the paper and not on the ground. The time has come when we shuold undersatnd the importance of nature to us or it will be to late, it is not only the Government but we have to start at grass root level. So let us think again.

  10. Ram Kumar Shrestha Says:

    High Powered Committee For Integrated Development Of The Bagmati Civilization
    गोकर्णदेखि पशुपति खण्डको वाग्मती नदीको दायाँ किनाराको ५३७ हेक्टर जमिन भित्र मुख्य र शाखा ढल लाइन ४०० देखि १२०० मि.मि. ब्यास भएको करिब १७ कि.मि. ढल लाइन निर्माण गरी यस भेगबाट आउने गार्हस्थ फोहोर तथा ढल नदीमा सोझै मिसिन नदिई गुह्येश्वरी मन्दिर उत्तर पूर्व फाँटमा एकसय रोपनी जग्गा अधिग्रहण गरी प्रशोधन गर्ने प्रविधि संचालानार्थ १६.४ मिलियन लिटर प्रति दिन प्रशोधन क्षमता भएको ढल प्रशोधन केन्द्र स्थापना गरिएको छ। दुई चरणमा निर्माण सम्पन्न हुने गरी २५ वर्षको लागि डिजाइन गरिएको ढल प्रशोधन केन्द्रको पहिलो चरणको क्षमता १९० लिटर प्रति सेकेoड र दोस्रो चरणमा ३०० लिटर प्रति सेकेन्ड रहेको छ।
    यसैगरी पशुपति क्षेत्रमा वहने नदीको पवित्रता र तीर्थालुहरूको विश्वसनीयतामा आँच नपुगोस् भनेर ताम्रगंगा – तिलगंगा क्षेत्रमा छुट्टै घोडाको खुर आकारको दुई मिटर व्यास भएको ५७२ मिटर लामो सुरुङ्ग निर्माण गरी ढल प्रशोधन केन्द्रबाट प्रशोधित पानीका साथै प्रशोधन केन्द्रको क्षमता भन्दा बढी भएको गार्हस्थ फोहोरलाई वाइपास गरी सिधै निष्काशन गरिएको छ। यो सुरुङ्ग निर्माणको प्रविधि नेपालमा विलकुलै नौलो र चुनौतीपूर्ण मानिएको छ। साथै ढल प्रशोधन केन्द्र र सुरुङ्ग जोड्न वाग्मती नदी भित्र ५५ मिटर क्रसिङ्ग भूमिगत ढल समेत निर्माण गरिएको छ।
    माथि उल्लेखित कार्य बाहेक गोकर्णदेखि जोरपाटीपुलसम्म वाग्मती नदीको वहाव क्षेत्र ३५ मिटर र जोपाटीपुलदेखि गौरीघाटसम्म वाग्मती नदीको वहाव क्षेत्रलाई ४० मिटर कायम गरी नदीको बायाँ बायाँ किनारामा ४३४ रोपनी जग्गा अधिग्रहण गरी ११.५ कि.मि. तटबन्ध, ११.५ कि.मि. १२ मिटर चौडा भएको हरित क्षेत्र र ११.५ कि.मि. ८ मिटर चौडा भएको सडक निर्माण कार्य सम्पन्न भइसकेको छ।
    आयोजनाले पशुपति–गुह्येश्वरीघाट क्षेत्रमा नियमित पानी आपूर्ति गर्न आयोजना हाताभित्र १०/१० लिटर प्रति सेकेड क्षमताका दुई वटा डिपट्यूवेलहरू तथा विश्वरुप मन्दिरमा ५० हजार लिटर क्षमताको पानी ट्यांकी निर्माण गरी उक्त क्षेत्रमा नियमित खानेपानी संचालनको लागि आर्यघाट, गुह्येश्वरी, गौरीघाट, भष्मेश्वर, राजराजेश्वरीघाट लगायतका क्षेत्रमा ८ वटा सार्वजनिक धाराहरू निर्माण गरी पानी वितरण गरिएकोमा हाल सो पानी वितरण प्रणाली संचालन संभारकालागि पशुपति क्षेत्र विकास कोषलाई हस्तान्तरण गरिसकिएको छ। त्यस्तै हिन्दूहरूको आस्थाकी प्रतीक वाग्मती नदीलाई मूर्तिको स्वरुपमा रूपान्तरण गरी गुह्येश्वरी पारीपट्टि (आयोजना कार्यालयको परिसरमा) “ज्ञानेश्वरी वाग्मती” को रुपमा प्रतिस्थापन गरिएको छ। यसबाट वाग्मती नदीलाई मूर्तिका रुपमा पूज्न सहज हुने र वाग्मती प्रतिको जनआस्थामा अभिवृद्धि भई प्रदूषणयुक्त तुल्याउने अभियानमा पनि बल पुग्ने विश्वास लिइएको छ।

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  12. Kushal kc Says:

    nice one…………………..was not so enough but thanks

  13. Rebisha Says:

    Great job …who ever u r…. keep on going on the same path….

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