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Public transport should be organized and regulated

2023 Feb 06, 20:14, Kathmandu
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President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that to manage the roads of Kathmandu Valley, public transport should be made orderly and dignified.

In a meeting with the Chief and Deputy Chief of Kathmandu Valley today at Rashtrapati Bhawan Sheetal Niwas, he said that the problem of daily traffic jams in Kathmandu Valley due to more vehicles than the road capacity, the inadequacy of public transport and lack of agile traffic management is necessary to manage it.

"One of the problems that we all experience daily is traffic jams. We are facing the problem of traffic jams daily due to more vehicles than the capacity of the road, the inadequacy of public transport, and lack of efficient traffic management", President Bhandari said, "It is not enough to widen the road to solve this problem. , giving preference to large vehicles over small vehicles, public transport should be organized and decent."

Mentioning that the problem of vehicle parking in the valley is also urgent, he said that the municipality and related agencies must take coordinated initiatives for a sustainable solution to this problem.

To develop the cities of Kathmandu Valley as an organized modern city, there is a need for mutual coordination between the federal government, state government, and local municipalities as well as the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, the empowered Wagmati Civilization Integrated Development Committee, the Electricity Authority, the Traffic Police, the Valley Water Supply Limited and the Department of Archeology. He said that there is.

President Bhandari said, "I would like to draw the attention of the concerned parties, including the local municipality, to strengthen the libraries and reading rooms to develop the cities of the valley as civilized cities, as well as to ensure the availability of public libraries within a certain distance."

He said that the local levels are the basic units of the country's economic progress, as well as being an important elected body that implements the policies of the federal and state governments, and the dream of nation-building can only be realized if the rights and duties given by the constitution are linked with the aspirations of the people for economic prosperity.

President Bhandari called on public education and health, clean drinking water, sanitation, proper management of domestic animals, tourism and the agriculture sector to be given special priority at every local level when formulating plans and programs suited to their environment.

He said that if there is coordination between the metropolises and municipalities inside and outside the valley, the market management of agricultural products such as vegetables, fruits, food grains, flower products, and relief to consumers can be facilitated.

He is of the view that due to health, education, trade, business, and employment opportunities, people from all over the country have to come to the capital, and because of the high population pressure in Kathmandu Valley, challenges have arisen in transportation, water supply and sanitation, sewage management, and river system management.

"The use of electric vehicles should be emphasized to prevent the harmful effects of air pollution on human health and to develop a self-sufficient economy while minimizing business losses", President Bhandari said, "For this, public institutions including government offices, local levels, schools, and universities, hospitals should use electric vehicles. Use should be prioritized.”

He urged everyone to develop mutual coordination and partnership to be an example to other government agencies for the development of the valley.

President Bhandari said, "Kathmandu Valley, which is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is a city with both possibilities and challenges, and the beautiful snow ranges can be seen easily, surrounded by green forests, In addition, it is not an exaggeration to say that Kathmandu Valley is also the cultural capital of Nepal, where seven of the 10 heritage sites of Nepal are located in the World Heritage List.

He said that the country's destiny and future are inextricably linked with the development, progress, and advancement of the country as this valley is also the center of the country's main economic, educational, and religious activities.

President Bhandari stressed that the local levels should take necessary measures to expand the use of electric stoves to prevent domestic pollution and reduce the import of energy including petroleum by increasing internal energy consumption.

Mentioning that along with the increase in population, there is an encroachment on the fertile arable land, lakes, ponds, rivers, and open areas of the Kathmandu Valley, he said that settlements are flooded every rainy season due to human intervention in the river system. He said that due to the lack of open areas and parks, there is a lack of safe places during natural disasters such as earthquakes, and there is a lack of places for children, youth, and senior citizens to spend time, play and have fun.

President Bhandari stressed that it is necessary to formulate our development plans to maintain a smooth relationship between the environment and humans, manage the sewage and garbage in the Kathmandu Valley, and build a green park. In addition, he said, related parties should pay attention to effectively implement the policies, plans, and programs designed to manage drinking water, utilization, protect, and utilize public land.


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