Odd-even system ends in Kathmandu, all vehicles to ply freely

Many vehicles are seen plying a Kathmandu road during the lockdown also, in April 2020.

Kathmandu, July 4

Chief district officers of the Kathmandu valley have decided to end the odd-even rationing imposed on the operation of private and public vehicles in the valley.

A meeting of the CDOs held on Sunday further relaxed the lockdown, officially the prohibitory order, imposed to control the coronavirus spread in the city.

The vehicles, however, will need to maintain Covid-19 safety measures.

The new order will come into effect on Tuesday until July 15.

The officials had allowed private vehicles to operate on an odd-even basis since June 22 and public vehicles with more than 25 seats since June 29.

Initially imposed for one week since April 29, the lockdown was extended until May 12 and then until May 27 earlier. On May 25, the authorities even decided to shut grocery shops and imposed other additional restrictions to come into effect from May 28 to June 3. However, it was widely criticised, and the officials had decided to let the groceries reopen from June 4 when they extended the lockdown to be in effect until June 14. The CDOs again extended it for one week for the period until June 21. By then, the number of cases had come down, and the officials had introduced gradual relaxations such as odd-even rationing on the operation of vehicles and small businesses.

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