Kathmandu traffic police launching special checks for festivals

File Image: A dummy donned as a traffic police staffer in Kathmandu, in September 2020.
File: A dummy donned as a traffic police staffer in Kathmandu, in September 2020.

Kathmandu, September 20

The Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office, Ramshahpath, has decided to launch special checks at the entry points in the Kathmandu valley in view of upcoming festivals.

According to the office, during the campaign, there will be a focus on long-route vehicles. “Our efforts will be for terminating possible incidences of passengers being conned under various pretexts during festivals and ensuring their safe travels,” says the office spokesperson SSP Rajendra Prasad Bhatta.

He says special security measures have been planned at Thankot, Nagdhunga, Jagati, Pharping and Bypass Balaju entry points.

Likewise, the office has planned to conduct regular checking, and checks against drink-driving at 35 locations in the valley.

During the festivals also, vehicles will be banned from carrying passengers more than seat capacity. Vehicle operators are required to get the condition of their vehicles checked and repaired regularly, and passengers should be informed about security measures they should take during long-route travel.

Likewise, the traffic police will act against the possibility of overcharging passengers during festivals.

Meanwhile, the Kathmandu Traffic Police Office and the Department of Transport Management will set up passenger help desks at various 14 locations in the Kathmandu valley. These help desks will be set up at Nagdhunga, Kalanki, Swayambhu, Machhapokhari, New Bus Park, Chabahil, Gaushala, Koteshwar, Jagati, Saatdobato, Balkhu, Dakshinkali, Sundhara and Old Bus Park.

The office is also partnering with transport entrepreneurs to operate advance ticket booking.

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