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Mayors of metropolitan cities demand a separate law to govern their governments

Metropolitan city mayors during a meeting in Pokhara in July 2022.
Metropolitan city mayors during a meeting in Pokhara in July 2022.

Pokhara, July 31

Mayors of all six metropolitan cities in Nepal have demanded a separate law to govern their governments. Currently, the Local Government Operation Act, 2017, regulates the functions of all local governments, but the mayors say they need a dedicated act.

Mayors of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Pokhara, Bharatpur, Birgunj and Biratnagar met in Pokhara this weekend and demanded the federal parliament take initiatives to address problems faced by the local governments.

Likewise, they demanded legislative reforms in concerned existing laws also.

Meanwhile, the mayors have expressed their commitment to strengthening their cooperation with each other and their respective provincial and federal governments.

They have planned to establish a forum to connect the leading officials of metropolitan cities.

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