KMC launches week-long campaign to promote overhead bridge use

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has come up with a week-long campaign that aims to encourage pedestrians to use overhead bridges while crossing roads.

KMC spokesperson Ishwor Man Dangol was quoted in Rastriya Samachar Samiti as saying that people seemed less interested in the use of overhead bridges to cross major roads in Kathmandu city which remain relatively busy than other roads.

The campaign was launched with the participation of students from Kadambari Memorial College and has been coordinated by  the Traffic Police Division.

"Under the campaign, more focus has been provided to visitors than the city dwellers. The practice of boycotting the use of overhead bridge while crossing busy city roads despite awareness has increased the risk of accidents," Dangol added.

Though KMC has launched this type of campaign, there are limited overhead bridges in the city. Many areas are in dire need of overhead bridges and some of the existing ones are awaiting repair.

As part of the campaign, a group of students will be seen at the entry points to nine overhead bridges in the city. Fifty students have been mobilised for the campaign.

KMC good governance department chief Hari Bahadur Kunwar said, time for the campaign has been fixed from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm every day.