Police post set up to ease traffic congestion

Kathmandu, October 6

A temporary traffic police post has been set up in Dhunibesi of Dhading to ease and facilitate smooth movement of vehicles leaving or entering Kathmandu.

According to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, the traffic police post is headed by a sub-inspector and has 23 personnel, including civil cops. The post has been assigned to tackle the daily traffic congestion on the Nagdhunga-KhaniKhola road.

Traffic congestion has become a regular phenomenon in various places, including Tinpiple, Piplamod, Jyaplekhola and Khatripauwa, among others, and travellers are stuck in jam for hours due to sorry state of road infrastructure. The problem is likely to worsen during the festive season, mainly Dashain. The inflow and outflow of people to and from the valley double during Dashain.

MTPD said nearly 2.5 million people, including migrant workers, civil servants and students, were expected to leave the valley for their ancestral homes to celebrate Dashain with their relatives. Over 16,000 vehicles ply the Nagdhunga-Naubise stretch, the main entry point to the valley, daily.

Bearing in mind the travel rush for festivities, traffic police have also set up passenger help desks in 13 places of to facilitate travellers and take action against crooked transport entrepreneurs.

Repair of the alternative road to the capital has started taking into account the heavy pressure of vehicles along the Naubise-Nagdhunga section. The Dharke-Dhading-Sitapaila road is being repaired to facilitate people heading towards their homes to celebrate Dashain.

Last week, locals had obstructed public and private vehicles on the Kalanki-Nagdhunga stretch to protest the government’s failure to ensure timely repair of the road.