New prohibited areas declared in capital

Kathmandu, January 19

In view of potential security threats, the Kathmandu District Administration Office today declared two more areas of the capital prohibited areas until further notice.

According to the District Administration Office, Kathmandu, the declaration of prohibitory areas is in line with the Section 6 (3) of the Local Administration Act-1971, which defines the powers and functions of chief district officer.

A notice issued by the DAO, Kathmandu, said the new prohibited areas cover area from Lazimpat-based Department of Mines and Geology to surrounding places of the British and Indian embassies.

Earlier, 50 metres north and south of the premises of the Office of the President, premises of the Vice-President’s Office, prime minister’s official residence at Baluwatar, the Parliament Building in New Baneshwor and the area from Maitighar Mandala through the western gate of Singha Durbar to Padmodaya High School and Bhadrakali, and through the southern gate of Singha Durbar to Hanumansthan were declared prohibited zones.

The local administration has authority to prohibit sit-ins, assemblies, rallies and other means of protest in the restricted zones.