Traffic police steps up action against footpath encroachment

Kathmandu -Traffic police is all set to act against the encroachment on road pavements inside the Kathmandu Valley. The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division is intervening to prevent the pavement encroachment under the recently implemented ‘traffic management and pollution control improvement action plan-2075’.

In collaboration with several bodies/organisations, footpath shops and parking lots remaining along the Old Baneshwor –Sinagmangal; Pinglasthan-Gaushala Chowk; around the Koteshwor; New Baneshwor- Old Baneshwor; Tripureshwor- Kalanki; Chabahil- Jorpati; and Thapathali-Lagankhel routes will be removed.

According to Division’s senior superintendent of police, Basanta Kumar Panta, the campaign which has been in force since April 4 aims to make the traffic system efficient and well-managed.Pollution control, opening of corridor roads, special management of zebra crossing and lane system, construction of overhead bridges and the creation of traffic volunteers have been focused in the action plan.

National Federation of Nepal Transport Entrepreneurs’ general secretary Saroj Sitaula believes the implementation of preventive measures against the footpath encroachment will obviously contribute to the improvement in traffic system, reducing the continuous problem of traffic jam in the Valley. According to the statistics of Department of Transport Management, currently over 3.2 million vehicles ply across the country and of them, some 1.1 million are based in the Valley.

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