KATHMANDU, July 22: In view of the approching SAARC summit, to be held in Kathmandu in November, the government is planning to give a major facelift to some parts of the city and beautify other areas. Government officials said the plan is to make the city look greener, cleaner and visually more attractive.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has already begun planting trees at Tripureshwar and works are afoot to plant trees at Tudikhel, officials said.
Reckless driving along bad roads main cause of accidents
DHADING, July 22 : Fifty-four people died in road accidents along the Prithvi Highway in the last one year alone. While even experienced hands find it difficult to negotiate the treacherous bends and countless potholes along the 173-kilometer road, people continue to lose their lives in road mishaps due to careless driving.
According to the District Police Office, Dhading, most of the drivers or bikers meet with accidents due to recklessness. At least 46 points along the road have been identified as most prone to accidents as the road gets narrower at most of these points. The police also said that these accidents mostly involve motorbikes as they easily lose control along the treacherous road.
KATHMANDU, July 22: The government´s ineffective role in technically assisting reconstruction work on builldings partially demolished during the ongoing road-widening to make these structures more quake-resistent has resulted in haphazard reconstruction that makes the Valley even more vulnerable to earthquakes.
The Valley is already at the top of the global seismic vulnerability index for cities.
CHITWAN, July 22: A few months ago, only the buildings of a primary school in Kanda village of Lothar VDC-9 in Chitwan had a metal roof and electricity supply. All other houses, most of which belonged to the marginalized Chepang families, were made of mud and had no electricity.
Thanks to the initiative of Bishnu Gautam, a local from Kathmandu, the Chepang families in Kandar village now have new houses with 24 hour electricity supply.