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.Follow @gorkhapost
Maha Astami being observed today
KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.
On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.
People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.
Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.
On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.Follow @gorkhapost