Minister gets green sticker ‘sans test’

KATHMANDU: Official vehicles of ministers and Nepali Army today made a beeline outside Department of Transport Management to get pollution under control stickers a day after The Himalayan Times news report indicting the top officers of violating emission control norms.

One day after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi’s official vehicles rushed to the DoTM, Home Minister asked his driver to get the green sticker from there.

According to Deepak Devkota, in-charge, Emission Section at Bagmati Zonal Office under DoTM, Home Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal’s chauffeur Khadga Bahadur

Bom got the sticker, but not without kicking up a row. Till this morning, his vehicle was sporting the

sticker that had expired on 30 July 2008 and was issued by His Majesty’s Government.

Keshav Maharjan, an eyewitness, said Rawal’s official received the sticker without the required legal procedures. “No sooner his vehicle pulled up on the roadside than a DoTM official pasted the sticker on the windscreen without the emission test,” claimed Maharjan. Devkota denied the allegation and said everyone was required to pass the emission test to get the sticker.

One more vehicle of the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers got the sticker following THT expose. Official vehicles of Nepali Army also got the green stickers from Emission Section today.