Traffic Police have intensified action against vehicles plying the streets in Kathmandu valley violating the prohibitory order imposed by the government in a bid to contain the fast spreading second wave of COVID-19.

Today alone, nearly 1,800 vehicles were taken under control for flouting the rule. Among such vehicles, a few were government four-wheelers that were found plying the roads even on Saturday. This is not only sheer violation of the prohibitory order but also misuse of government vehicles.

Traffic police have been taking action against 2,000 vehicles everyday on an average inside the valley since the introduction of the prohibitory order on April 29.

Metropolitan Traffic Police Division said that the number of rule violators has been increasing as many people are not taking the government order seriously.

Keeping this in mind, District Administration Office, Kathmandu, has said that they will intensify the traffic checking from tomorrow onwards. "More traffic check points will be set up from tomorrow as people have been venturing out of their houses unnecessarily," said Kali Prasad Parajuli, chief district officer of Kathmandu.

Today, Parauli, along with some police personnel had monitored the roads in the valley to see the implementation of government restrictions.

After the monitoring, CDO Parajuli found that even on Saturday there were a good number of vehicles plying the roads.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 2, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.