HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Concerned about traffic congestion in the Capital, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today directed Chief Secretary Madhav Kumar Ghimire and other high officials to reopen the 500-metre Bhadrakali-Maitighar road stretch for light public and private vehicles within a week.
“Take initiatives to reopen the Bhadrakali-Maitighar road section within one week. I myself will take the initiative to reopen the stretch if you face any problems,” Bhattarai instructed Chief Secretary Ghimire, secretaries and other participants at a special meeting held at his office in Singha Durbar to find ways to ease traffic congestion.
Citing security reasons, authorities had shut the 500-metre road, which passes through the Nepali Army headquarters, for private and public vehicles in 2001 when the Maoist insurgency was at its peak. The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division believes this move is mainly to blame for traffic snarl in the core areas of the city.
SP Jagat Man Shrestha, spokesperson for the MTPD and a participant at the meeting, said reopening of the stretch will reduce traffic jam by more than 25 per cent in the core city.
After DIG Ganesh Raj Rai, the MTPD chief, briefed the participants about the problems facing traffic police, the PM suggested remedies, calling on government officials to use public vehicles, operate the Sajha Yatayat, repair roads along riverbanks, keep a tab on cabbies charging exorbitant fares, formulate a policy to operate parking lots and work in a cordinated manner to ease traffic woes.