LETTERS: Positive signs
It is very pleasing to know that Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has taken a giant step towards the path to be a middle income country from the least developed one as the hurdles caused by load-shedding have almost been removed. The businesses, industries and manufacturing companies have again started gaining speed towards production of goods and services. The 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi, 30- MW Chameliya, 14-MW Kulekhani III Hydropower Projects and other private developers are going to produce a total of 700-MW of electricity next year. This is a great achievement for our country. This initiative will certainly impact on our country’s economic growth and help achieve the GDP growth target of 6.2 percent. For successful completion of these mega projects, it would be possible with the involvement of dedicated leadership with the NEA and it should not face interference from the concerned ministry and the government.
Aarsee Dhakal, Kupondol
Apropos of the news story “18 Nepalis rescued from Malaysia” (THT, April 23, Page 3), this is highly commendable work on the part of the people-oriented government. But what is even more commendable is that the government has managed to bring home Nepali convicts doing time for crimes and murder in Malaysia. Nepali authorities must have certainly used their best charm on their Malaysian counterparts to free the people held on as serious a charge as a murder. We must applaud the Nepali government for their successful negotiation.
Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu
First of all, kudos to the government for successfully executing the ‘no horn’ campaign in the Kathmandu Valley which came into effect on the first day of the New Year, 2074! In the past, to the best of my knowledge, Kathmandu Valley was known for its beauty for so many reasons. Peaceful condition of living without noise and pollution was its specialty in the past. Such things are in the memory of those people who lived in the Valley during the 1950s. After all, research shows that too much use of the horn causes noise pollution. And then, it creates a bad health condition in human’s life. The most crowded areas like Putalisadak, Bagbazar, Mahaboudhha, New Road, Asan, Bhotahity, New Baneshwor, Kateshwor, Gaushala, Narayangopalchowk, and so on are very noisy because of the blowing of the horn by all sorts of vehicles all the time. Such practice has immense impact on the children and elderly people who need a peaceful environment to live in.This is the reason why the Kathmanduites had been irritated in daily life with those kinds of unnecessary blowing of horns.
However, people have cooperated with the law-enforcement agencies to make the city a horn-free place. Provision of heavy penalty must have also worked well.
Saroj Wagle, Bara