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Traffic police in bid to reclaim walkers' lanes

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A file photo shows street vendors awaiting customers in Kathmandu. Traffic police have started a drive against wilful parking and footpath encroachment.

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: In course of the past two weeks, the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD), through its ‘Operation Sweep’, has impounded 1,526 vehicles, including two-wheelers and four-wheelers, in the Kathmandu Valley for wilful parking.

The initiative of the MTPD and its valley units is aimed at controlling haphazard parking of vehicles on footpaths. It follows traffic police officials’ conclusion that street vendors encroaching upon footpaths and those involved in wilful parking have caused an increase in road accidents by forcing the pedestrians to walk on the road itself.

“Road accidents have gone up due to wilful parking on the road and spillover of pedestrians on the road due to footpath encroachment, prompting us to drive out vendors from the streets,” DSP Pawan Giri, MTPD spokesperson said, pledging to put an end to road encroachment for effective traffic management.

With footpaths cleared in 791 places of the valley during the period, traffic congestion has eased to some extent, he said. The MTPD informed that it has cleared roads and footpaths in Jorpati, Gyaneshwor, Bansbari, Jawalakhel, Maharajgunj, Bouddha, Gaushala, Koteshwor, Jawalakhel, Kalanki, Kalimati, Durbar Marg, Singha Durbar and Kamalpokhari.

It warned that it will bring to book those rickshaw-pullers, cart-pushers and drivers of two-wheelers and four-wheelers, who park their vehicles in ‘no-parking’ areas.

“We will continue the initiative based on its effectiveness in traffic management,” Giri informed. The MTPD has also removed vendors from overhead bridges for hassles-free movement of pedestrians. “Pedestrians have felt compelled to use roadway due to footpath encroachment and wilful parking in busy areas. We will take action against those, who violate the Vehicle and Transport Management Act,” he warned. Civil police have been helping traffic police in this initiative.

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