The statue of King Mahendra at Durbar Marg, Kathmandu wearing a face mask on Sunday (Picture by KESHAB/REPUBLICA)

KATHMANDU:  Environmental activists have made an indirect reference to the dust pollution in the Kathmandu valley by placing masks over the mouth of many statues in the capital city including that of   King Mahendra located at Durbar Marga.

The people living in the Kathmandu valley have been reduced to breathing in infinitesimal dust particles, which are the product of haphazard mode of constructing roads and installing underground water pipes.

Given the deteriorating natural beauty of Kathmandu, some critical-minded people have started using such terms as dustmandu and maskmandu to refer to the original name Kathmandu to draw people’s attention to the severity of the dust pollution in the capital city.


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