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
Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive
KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.
Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.
Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.
“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.
According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.
Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.Follow @gorkhapost