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Govt attention drawn to ‘killer’ pits, potholes

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 20

Lawmakers today drew the government’s attention to roads riddled with ‘killer’ potholes and pits in Kathmandu Valley.

Speaking at the second meeting of the Parliament, the lawmakers said the potholes and pits on Valley roads were not fixed due to lack of coordination among authorities.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Ram Hari Khatiwada urged the government to make the authorities concerned responsible and expedite repair of roads dug up for laying water pipelines.

Nepal Workers and Peasant Party lawmaker Anuradha Thapa Magar demanded that contractors be held responsible for any accident occurring due to bad condition of roads. He said contractors should be made to pay compensation to victims of such accidents.

In the meeting, NC lawmaker from Kathmandu-6 Bhimsen Das Pradhan informed the House that he would set up an endowment fund in memory of late Binita Phuyal, a schoolgirl who died after falling into an open drain. He said he would donate his one month’s salary to the trust.

Another schoolgirl Satya Sapkota had fallen into the open drain at Samakhushi, but she was rescued by the locals. Following the incidents, PM Sher Bhadur Deuba had directed authorities concerned to fill all potholes in Kathmandu within 15 days.


A version of this article appears in print on July 21, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

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