KATHMANDU — Thamel, the main tourist hub of Kathmandu, has been declared vehicle-free-zone on Sunday(22 October) which came into effect from the day itself.
A joint decision of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) and Thamel Area Development Council, along with local leaders, gathered on the spot Sunday and formally announced the drive by placing several “Vehicle Free Zone” boards on the streets.
The Division Chief Sarbendra Khanal and Council Chair Sameer Gurung among other officials jointly launched the campaign.
The drive aims to make the movement of tourists hassle-free, ensure safety of pedestrians and make Thamel a more livable place in Kathmandu. This initiative is part of a long-term vision of promoting this popular tourist destination as a walking zone as in other tourist spots of the world.
It is stated that the decision was taken with the aim of lessening the increasing annoyance caused by busy traffic to tourists and pedestrians in the area. The area is one of the busiest tourist hubs in the country.
According to MTPD Spokesperson Umesh Ranjitkar, all kinds of vehicles, including bicycles, rickshaws and three-wheelers will be banned from entering the restricted zone but the vehicles used for security bodies, diplomatic agencies, tourists, and ambulance and fire engines will be permitted.
“Thamel is facing traffic congestion since long due to haphazard movement of unwanted vehicles. There is also sound pollution and tourists have to face various hassles so we have launched this drive to make Thamel well managed.”
Vehicles have been restricted into certain routes only as it is not a complete blanket ban on vehicular movement inside the Thamel.
Spokesperson Ranjitkar added that vehicles permitted for restricted zone should enter from Tridevi Marg.
In its preliminary phase, the vehicle-free zone has covered a few road sections, but has been planned to expand gradually. The Division has further shared that it has planned to manage permit card for emergency vehicles to enter Thamel.
The Division has managed vehicles parking areas at Lainchaur, Khusibu and Sohrakhutte areas to make the campaign effective and successful.Follow @gorkhapost
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LAHAN — CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is committed for not letting commission mongers and corrupt walk freely, stating development of the country is in a mess due to them.
“Development cannot be imagined without good governance. Action should be taken against the corrupt to maintain good governance. The government will take stern step for the same,” Dahal said while laying the foundation stone for upgrading task of East-West Postal Highway at Bariyarpatti of Siraha on Tuesday.
Saying political revolution has now completed, he expressed the view that Nepal would be made a prosperous country of the world within five to ten years with a new revolution of development.
Likewise, Dahal also said that the left alliance had assured people of good governance, stability, development and prosperity through its common manifesto and claimed that the incumbent government, which has garnered around two thirds majority, would fulfill people’s wish and aspiration.
Saying the plan of upgrading of postal highway, which is considered as a lifeline of Madhes, was forwarded during his term as the Prime Minister, he said upgrading of the postal highway would not be obstructed in any pretext.
Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said that all political parties should stand together for the development and prosperity of the country.
He also said that the government would take action against those contractors who failed to complete the construction task on deadline.
Likewise, Chief Minister of province no 2, Lalbabu Raut, expressed determination that the provincial government would present itself strongly to control corruption.Follow @gorkhapost