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
China to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation with Nepal under BRI : Chinese President XI
BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China is ready to to strengthen cooperation with Nepal in infrastructure connectivity, post-disaster reconstruction, trade and investment under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
During the meeting woth visiting Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday, President Xi said that the two sides should strengthen cultural cooperation and build a solid foundation of public opinion for enhanced Sino-Nepal relations, according to a statement released by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA),
President Xi also highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation to curb transnational crime and safeguard the common security of China and Nepal.
“China and Nepal need to strengthen communications and coordination on major international issues,” the Chinese MoFA statement quoted the president as saying.
“China and Nepal are friendly neighbors sharing weal and woe since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Nepal,” Xi said, “The two countries have always carried out mutually beneficial cooperation on the basis of the ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.'”
While appreciating Nepal’s One-China policy, President Xi reiterated Chinese support for safeguarding Nepal’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“China supports Nepal in independently choosing a social system and development path suited to its national conditions and hopes Nepal will achieve its development goals at an early date,” the statement further quoted Xi as saying during the meeting.
China appreciates Nepal’s firm adherence to the one-China policy and will, as always, support Nepal’s efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and support Nepal’s independent choice of social system and development, Xi said.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Oli extended his heartfelt congratulations to President Xi for the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2017 as well as the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2018, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing.
The Prime Minister also congratulated the Chinese president for successfully holding the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) last week and on his assuming chairmanship of the organization.
Prime Minister Oli has also handed over an invitation letter sent by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to President Xi to visit Nepal.Follow @gorkhapost