Kathmandu roads wear deserted look as Nepal welcomes Indian Prez

KATHMANDU: Traffic along the major roads of the Kathmandu Valley has been affected as police personnel have blocked the roads for the arrival of the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.

Soon after 11: 30 am, an hour before the state guest's arrival, traffic police personnel on various places had started clearing the roads. Consequently, people -- travelling on foot and on vehicles -- faced troubles to reach their destinations.


Meanwhile, members of the public protested the government decision to give the public holiday and clear most of major roads in the Capital to welcome Mukherjee.

Social media users have popularised the hashtag trend #IndianPresidentNotWelcome to express their protests.

Undeclared curfew in Kathmandu to welcome Indian President Mukharjee. We are saying #IndianPresidentNotWelcome . We want answer of blockade?

— चौर'पानी (@chourpani) November 2, 2016

Curfew-like situation in #Kathmandu for 3 days to make @RashtrapatiBhvn's comfortable has angered people more. #Shame#PranabDaSaySorry

— bibek (@tistung) November 2, 2016

Understanding the core essence of #IndianPresidentNotWelcome,Indian President must accept the challenge to make his visit impressive enough.

— Dwaipayan Regmi (@dwaipon) November 2, 2016