Ncell, in collaboration with the Department of Forest and Soil Conservation (DoFSC), will be responsible for landscaping more than 10 kilometres of the Kalanki-Koteshwor ring-road. Ncell began the pilot phase of the green-belt project in November following the completion of the Balkhu-Ekantakuna stretch of the ring-road.
The company will also ensure the maintenance of the green belt stretch and is set to plant and look after more than 6000 trees in the area in the next five years.
“Ncell’s collaboration with Department of Forest and Soil Conservation represents a major change in the way organisations can create impact by working together,” said Ncell CEO Andy Chong. “This greening initiative will contribute to a healthy environment for the community as a whole and support to deliver Ncell’s climate action goals.”
Welcoming the collaboration of DoFSC and Ncell, Lalitpur mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan said, “Lalitpur Metropolitan City is ready to extend any support required for successful implementation of the project as it contributes significantly towards our Green and Blue Campaign aimed at greenery development and environment projection.” The majority stretch of the Koteshwor-Kalanki section is in Lalitpur.
Praising Ncell’s initiave while affirming the department’s commitment to environment protection, DoFSC Director General Man Bahadur Khadka said, “It remains the government’s broader priority to drive and promote greening the environment across the country.”
Ncell previously planted 50,000 trees across 33 hectares of barren land in the Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF), following which the government declared the protected area an ‘Illicit Felling and Open Grazing Free Zone’.