Prez ride halts traffic

KATHMANDU: It is an everyday affair for the townies in the capital to undergo the vehicular disruption due to protests or other forms of obstruction.

But on Thursday, it was due to a different reason. After security personnel stopped vehicles at the busiest thoroughfares in the valley to allow smooth passage for the cavalcade of President Ram Baran Yadav, traffic went haywire.

Bikash Shrestha, DSP at Metropolitan Traffic Police Division said they had stopped the vehicular movement just for half an hour on the route taken by the president’s motorcade.

The President had come to the Legislature-Parliament office at New Baneshwor all the way from his office in Shital Niwas, Maharajgunj, for presenting the government’s policies and programmes for the upcoming fiscal.

According to Shrestha, they had heightened security for which they had to vacate the roads for the President’s motorcade. “But after he reached parliament in Baneshwor, we allowed the traffic movement.”

President travelled on a horse-drawn carriage from Singha Durbar to the parliament. More than 35 horses were used in the procession.

Those stuck in massive jams in Ratnapark, Maitighar, Koteshwor, Sinamangal, Sorhakhutte Tilganga, Lainchaur Chabahil, Gaushala, Ratnapark, Maitighar, New

Baneshwor and Putalisadak, among other places, were lamenting over authorities’ inefficacy in solving the frequent traffic chaos in the capital.