KATHMANDU — The ban on public vehicles older than 20 years cae in to efect from Thursday across the country. The decision aims to curb vehicle congestion, reduce pollution emitted by old and poorly maintained vehicles that increase the risk of accidents.
Th government in 2017 February, had decided to ban public vehicles older than 20 years from plying inside Kathmandu Valley. Earlier in January 2015 too, the government had made such a commitment, but the authorities failed to enforce the decision strictly.
Director General Rupnarayan Bhattrai at the Department of Transport Management (DoTM), under the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, said that the traffic police will seize old vehicles seen plying the roads.
“The DoTM has already informed traffic police to seize the licence of drivers behind the wheel of such vehicles and impound the vehicles.”
The rule, however, exempts tempos and electric vehicles.
The DoTM has also ordered to seize vehicles older than 20 years, not to renew the documents of the vehicle and scrap the route permit.
The DoTM estimates 10,000 such vehicles ply all over the country, including 5,500 in the Capital.
According to the traffic police, owners of these vehicles ply in the rural parts of the country and used to ferry students, office staffers and passengers all over with the rickety old machines, emitting plumes of smoke containing carbon monoxide and other noxious exhaust.
Transport owners have denounced the department’s decision saying it is unscientific decision and they would incur losses.
176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border
KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.
On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.
The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.
Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.
The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.
The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.
Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.