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India admits to building bridges over Mahakali River sans Nepal’s permission

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India's built wooden makeshit bridges over Mahakali River

DARCHULA — India has admitted it’s mistake of constructing four makeshift wooden bridges over Mahakali River and a 150-metre long track and a 2 km foot trails in Darchula district without securing permission of Nepal.

The meeting was held in the Indian town of Pithoragarh on Monday to talk on the issue of Indian authorities constructing four makeshift bridges over the Mahakali River, a track and a foot trail in Nepali territory without the consent of the Nepali government.

Darchula CDO Janardan Gautam said the Indian officials admitted to the mistake of constructing the bridges and track without consent at Monday’s meeting.

The representatives of five gram panchayats (village councils) on Sunday, had submitted a letter to the Darchula District Administration Office seeking permission to build the road on the Nepali side, saying that it would facilitate the people of Nepal as well.

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Although the Indian authorities had written a letter to the Nepal government through Darchula district chief Janardan Gautam asking for a permission, officials say the Indian side went ahead with the construction without Nepal’s permission.

The Indian side has claimed that the bridges over the Mahakali River, which borders Nepal and India, and road in Darchula would serve the people of both India and Nepal.

Gautam informed that the Monday’s border meeting between the two countries also discussed various cross-border issues like human trafficking, criminal activities, smuggling of goods, drugs and animal parts.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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