KATHMANDU: Following the directive of the Parliament's Environment Protection Committee (EPC), the government has decided to declare the Kathmandu Valley polythene bag-free zone from mid-April 2015.
Spokesperson at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) Ram Adhar Sah said a decision has been already made regarding the declaration and the Ministry is preparing for the announcement.
Organising a press conference in the Capital, MoSTE expressed the hope that Kathmandu's environment will significantly improve once plastic bags will be banned.
According to the Ministry, the government is also preparing to convert polythene bag industries into non-plastic bag industries.
On Monday, the House committee had directed concerned government authorities to impose a ban on use of plastic bags from April 14, 2015, first day of the next year according to the Nepali calendar.
The EPC had also urged the government to make necessary amendments on related laws.
Science Day to be observed
Meanwhile, the government is holding the second National Science Day on September 17.
Since last year, the government is marking the Day on the first day of Ashwin month of Nepali calendar commemorating establishment of the Amrit Science College.
A 66-member organising committee has been formed under the leadership of MoSTE Secretary Krishna Chandra Paudel to mark the Day.