HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu, August 20
Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started discussions with stakeholders for operating electric vehicles (EVs) at New Road and the vicinity, including the historic Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The KMC said it will discuss the plan with all stakeholders, including local people and authorities.
“For the first time, we held consultations with local clubs and entrepreneurs on the operation of electric vehicles in the area,” said Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, executive chief at the KMC. “They took the plan positively and suggested operating parking lots in a bid to make the plan successful,” he added. “We plan to operate electric vehicles in a bid to help preserve the heritage site,” said Adhikari, adding that they plan to bar other vehicles from the area. “If the stakeholders support us, we will expedite our work as early as possible. The plan is in its preliminary phase,” he said, adding that they will soon work out the number of EVs and fix the date for implementing the plan.
As per the plan, the KMC will buy EVs and operate them in the New Road area collecting minimum charges from passengers, according to sources. Amid stakeholders’ concern about lack of parking space in the area, Adhikari said, “We will manage existing parking lots in a better manner and develop new facilities if necessary,” said Adhikari.