Singha Durbar, the major administrative hub of the country, is converting into a junkyard of old and abandoned government vehicles. Almost every ministry premises inside the government complex has at least one vehicle that’s been left unused for a prolonged period.
The parking space inside some ministries and offices are littered with high-end vehicles—once purchased for millions of rupees—that are simply collecting dust. Officials say a number of these abandoned vehicles can still be used if they are provided with proper maintenance. The government could also generate some revenue by selling such old vehicles. But the ministries have been piling these old vehicles while completely clueless over whether any of the vehicles could be reused with minimal maintenance work.
Even as hundreds of expensive vehicles lay in ruin, the government has continued to purchase new vehicles every year for newly appointed ministers, government officials and other dignitaries. Earlier this week, the government was criticised for its decision to purchase a luxurious fleet, at a cost of Rs 180 million, for President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Last month, the Prime Minister’s Office formed a panel to revive the abandoned vehicles inside Singha Durbar. The panel, led by Amar Bahadur Thapa, Senior Divisional Engineer at Ministry of Urban Development, has been asked to inspect the vehicles and clear the ones that can be reused for maintenance. A portion of the repaired vehicles is expected to be deployed at local levels, where officials have been demanding vehicles for months.