Metropolis to introduce transportation bill to address traffic issues

- ANUP OJHA, Kathmandu

Mar 20, 2019-

In a bid to lessen the traffic hassles faced by the public in the metropolis, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City is planning to register ‘Transportation Bill 2075’ in the upcoming municipal assembly, which is going to be held on April 7.

For this, the metropolis has formed a five-member committee under the coordination of Hiralal Tandukar, chairperson of ward number 11.

The constitution of Nepal has vested 22 exclusive and 15 shared rights in local governments.

Ishwor Man Dangol, spokesperson for the metropolis, said that the metropolis is currently holding consultations with different stakeholders to prepare the bill.

“We are currently consulting with the Department of Roads, the Department of Transport Management, the Traffic Police and the environment ministry,” said Dangol.

Tandukar told the Post that the transport bill will address various issues regarding local transportation such as vehicle routes, bus parks, stops stations, zebra crossings, overhead bridges, footpaths and public toilets.

“Basically the bill will be formulated to address the increasing traffic problems in the metropolis,” said Tandukar.

According to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, every day 900,000 two-wheelers, 200,000 private four-wheelers, 20,000 taxis, and 50,000 public vehicles operate inside the Kathmandu Valley.

“Traffic jam has become a major problem in the Capital,” said Jay Raj Sapkota, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division. But he said that the metropolis is yet to reach out to the division with regards to the bill it is preparing. “We are ready to provide our assistance to the metropolis as traffic congestion is a common problem, and all the stakeholders need to work together to find a lasting solution—one that ensures better mobility to the general public,” said Sapkota.

Published: 20-03-2019 08:42

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