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Nepal police has put effective action plan for traffic management and pollution control

Nepal Police has put into effect the Valley Traffic Management and Pollution Control Improvement Action Plan.

Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal launched the action plan at a function organised  today. He directed the Traffic Action Task Team to implement the action plan accordingly. “It is the need of the hour for all stakeholders to act responsibly and make concerted efforts towards developing Kathmandu valley clean and civilised. I request all stakeholder agencies to cooperate with Nepal Police to manage traffic and control pollution in the valley,” IGP Khanal said.

As part of the first phase of three-month action plan, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, in association with stakeholder agencies will open all corridors available within the Ring Road, clear road and footpath encroachment, paint zebra-crossing signs and marking, regulate pick-up and drop-off points for public vehicles, construct overhead bridges and fences, designate taxi stands, control pollution, depute traffic volunteers and raise traffic awareness.

Bhai Kaji Tiwari, development commissioner at Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, suggested that environmental pollution could be reduced to a reasonable level, only if the waste materials were managed at the household level. He also stressed the need to maintain a high level of discipline and decency by road users in this regard.

Chief District Officer of Kathmandu Ram Prasad Acharya pledged to extend necessary cooperation to traffic police for multi-sectoral coordination and road management. MTPD In-charge Senior Superintendent of Police Basant Kumar Pant said traffic police would implement the action plan and gradually expand its scope. Representatives from construction entrepreneurs, local levels and civil society said they were committed to joining hands with traffic police and other stakeholders to change the face of the valley.

Kathmandu has corridors in six places — Balkumari, Gopi Krishna, Ratopul, Setopul, Kalopul and Bhatkekopul. Metropolitan Traffic Police Division said the corridors would be opened within three months to combat traffic congestion. Encroachment of roads and pavements at Old Baneshwor-Sinamangal, Pinglasthan-Gaushala, Koteshwor, New Baneshwor-Old Baneshwor, Tripureshwor-Kalanki, Chabahil-Jorpati, Thapathali-Jawalakhel and Jawalakhel-Lagankhel will also be removed.

Fences will be constructed on either side of Koteshwor-Kalanki road to discourage jaywalking so as to reduce road accidents. Traffic management has turned out to be a daunting task owing to inadequate traffic lights and overhead crossings along the thoroughfares and main roads.

Traffic police will also initiate action against motorcyclists who rev-up engines to cause noise pollution violating provisions of the Motor Vehicle and Transport Management Act, besides detaining vehicles that don’t meet the standard of exhaust emission set by the government.

 

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