We will discuss on Problems Nepali Living in Kathmandu face. Hopefully, you will relate to this post if you reside in Kathmandu Valley and get informed about the situation in the capital if you reside in other cities of Nepal.

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Many striving students, middle-class families, elites, and people of various backgrounds from across the nation call the city home. The capital is not just a center for an opportunity; for many Nepalese, it is also their ideal city. Kathmandu has the ideal climate because it is located in the center of the country. It’s not too cold or too hot. Kathmandu is one of the most earthquake-prone cities despite the climate being so ideal, and there is virtually little chance of landslides or floods here.

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Being the most developed city in Nepal, Kathmandu is where many of us dream of living. But everyone is aware of how crowded and filthy Kathmandu is. Since Kathmandu is the country’s capital, its infrastructure—such as its systems of education, health care, transportation, and communication—is well developed. Because of this, Kathmandu has a large population. The lack of progress in other areas is the cause of this. People move to Kathmandu because of fewer facilities and possibilities in other parts of the country. Since then, Kathmandu has become one of the world’s most populous cities, not just in Nepal. With such a large population, the city must also have a large population.

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The population of Kathmandu is to blame for the pollution. It is unfortunate that Kathmandu is the most polluted city in the nation despite having the most educated population and being the city with the most advanced educational system. Developed nations have effective management systems; therefore, despite having a very high population, they have less pollution. But in Kathmandu, we have yet to learn that. Due to the extreme pollution, Kathmandu is the second most polluted city in Nepal.

Everywhere we go in the city, waste is piled up.

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Air Pollution

Not just because the road is covered in so much dust and smoke, but you will get a throat infection later that day if you neglect your mask for the day. Kathmandu now goes by the name Dhulomandu due to the pollution. 

Environmental Pollution

The problem is worse on dangerous roads. Riders and regular passengers find it very difficult to walk on dirt roads. People are developing significant lung and throat infections as a result of pollution.

Water Pollution

Not only that but how can we disregard the condition of the waterways in Kathmandu? Rivers have turned into dumping grounds for local household waste. The rivers are in such a condition that they can no longer carry all the rubbish they formerly did.

Despite all these issues, Kathmandu is a very beautiful city. 

Price hike                                

Another important problem in Kathmandu is the price increase. Raising a family in Kathmandu is incredibly challenging because everything is so pricey. Everything in Kathmandu is incredibly expensive, from necessities like health care, transportation, and education to everyday items like food and clothing. When you visit the hospital, glancing at the bills makes you feel worse. Your income is insufficient to cover the costs of your child’s education. Additionally, daily necessities cost more money every day. With less than 500 rupees, you cannot purchase enough vegetables to last a whole day.
Consumption of clothing and fooding has decreased recently as a result of the price increase. In Kathmandu, acquiring any service is quite expensive. I also wonder how folks who rent apartments here manage things. They have to pay their own bills on top of the high rents and living expenses. For families and individuals, it is extremely difficult to be in such a situation to live in Kathmandu.

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Traffic Jam

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Given the population, it is no surprise that traffic is crowded. Every day accidents on busy highways increase, and traffic jams is another issue. When we talk about traffic, Kalanki is the first place that comes to mind, but thankfully, that problem has been resolved thanks to the building of a new road. However, Kathmandu’s traffic congestion problem continues to be a major one.
With this amount of overcrowding, it is impossible to arrive somewhere on time. Just picture riding a bike in this heat, the pollution, and the traffic. It’s the worst feeling ever. In Kathmandu, traffic problems are such a major problem that we need to address them right away. The implementation of a new road management approach has helped Kathmandu’s traffic issues to some level compared to earlier days, but it is still insufficient.
What’s worse is getting caught in a traffic jam while you need to do a crucial activity. This happened to me once. I was five minutes late to the exam room when I had board exams because of a terrible traffic delay. There are a lot of people who experience the same issue daily, like me.

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Shortage of drinking water

Water shortage is another significant issue in Kathmandu. Due to the large population, fighting for basic necessities like clean drinking water is necessary. The drinking water project in Melamchi was completed in 2021. Hopefully, the project will allow access to clean drinking water for the people of Kathmandu.
People can’t depend on just KUKL for their drinking water needs, so people look for other ways. They buy water from other suppliers. They are compelled to buy water at high prices because KUKL can’t supply enough water for their need. The problem especially exists in most urban cities in Kathmandu. We can see people fighting for drops of water on roads. All the dhugedhara and public taps have also no water supply these days. They are just dry and in pathetic condition. Drinking water shortage is definitely a very big issue for Nepalese living in Kathmandu.

That’s all for this article. What problem do you face in Kathmandu every day? Make sure to write in the comment section.