By Achyut Regmi
25 Sept., Kathmandu : The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has banned overtaking for vehicles plying the one of the busiest entry points to the Kathmandu Valley, Thankot-Nagdhunga Road Section.
MTPD has put in place some new measures to facilitate the huge outflow of passengers from the Kathmandu Valley during the upcoming festivals such as Dashain, Tihar and Chhat, to ensure road safety as well as to curb the possible incidents such as of double-ticketing, blackmailing and overcharging among others by the ticket clerks.
MTPD Chief and Senior Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhim Prasad Dhakal shared that the traffic personnel will conduct a special checking on the both private and public vehicles in various places in the Valley four times a day.
SP Dhakal informed that additional 430 human resources were mobilized for the regular checking on the vehicles at 368 places in the Valley such as Nagdhunga, Kalanki, Swoyambhu, New Buspark, Chabahil, Gaushala, Koteshwor, Jagati, Satdobato, Balkhu, Dakshinkali, Sundhara and Old Bus Park among others. Altogether 750 traffic personnel will be deployed.
Furthermore, stringent action would be taken against the cases that are noncompliance with traffic rules such as drivers driving under influence of alcohol, not having two drivers in vehicle plying the long routes, not using helmets while riding on two-wheelers and overcrowding and over speeding vehicles and the like.
The Passenger Help Desk would be set up in various thoroughfares to facilitate the passengers for booking and obtaining the tickets. Traffic police would also be assigned at these help desks.
Likewise, Federation of Nepali National Transport Entrepreneurs’ General-Secretary Saroj Sitaula shared that transportation entrepreneurs were making necessary arrangements to facilitate the estimated 2.5 million outbound passengers in Kathmandu Valley during the festival.
Engine test would also be conducted on all vehicles leaving the Valley from the New Bus Park to check whether they are technically sound and safe. rss