Kathmandu city govt tells CDO to restrict street vendors’ movement

Kathmandu Deputy Mayor Hari Prabha Khadgi Shrestha talks to CDO Janak Raj Dahal, on Friday, September 11, 2020.

Kathmandu, September 11

Claiming the risk of coronavirus infection has not yet been controlled and the movement of street vendors could increase the risk, Kathmandu metropolitan city government has requested the district’s Chief District Officer Janak Raj Dahal to restrict the vendors from their businesses again.

Relaxing the prohibitory order after three weeks, the CDO had decided to partially allow the street vendors to run their businesses from Thursday.

But, the city government’s acting chief, Deputy Mayor Hari Prabha Khadgi Shrestha, met Dahal today and submitted a letter demanding the vendors be barred again.

Khadgi claims street vendors are less likely to maintain security measures against the infection and monitoring them is also fraught with challenges. For example, if some vendor contracts Covid-19, tracing their contacts is next to impossible, according to her.

Dahal’s response to Khadgi is immediately unknown.

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