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Kathmandu Valley sees surge in human mobility and vehicles



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Even during lockdown, Kathmandu witnesses heavy traffic in some areas on Sunday.

By Purushottam P. Khatri

Kathmandu, June 9: Mobility of the general public and the number of private and essential vehicles have been increasing in the capital city for the past four days as the government said it was working to change the present modality of the nationwide lockdown.
"Although there is no any change made by the Federal and the State-level governments in the present nationwide lockdown, people have gradually started coming out of their homes risking their own lives and while businessmen are opening the markets," Chief District Officer of Kathmandu Janakraj Dahal told The Rising Nepal on Monday.
CDO Dahal said that the whole nation was currently under a complete lockdown and everyone should abide by the order until the government took another decision in this regard.
The people and vehicles mobility has increased in the recent days due to resumption of some government offices like land registration offices, banks and financial institutions, construction material suppliers and contractors in the valley, he said.
"We haven’t given any permission to open market in the core city area of New Road, Ason and Mahabauddha but some traders are found to be doing so in the morning hours," CDO Dahal said.
Chief at the Metropolitan Police Range, Ranipokhari, Bishwaraj Pokharel said, "We have been controlling the unnecessary human movements in the morning, day and evening hours and have also been implementing the vehicle prohibition order checking their necessary documents (vehicle passes) issued by the government."
Kathmandu Police, during the security checks in the Capital, have been putting over 1,800 to 2,000 vehicles and 2,500 people on hold every day, DIG Pokharel said.
This trend has, however, been increasing in the past three or four days especially in the morning and evening hours in the capital assuming that the lockdown has been relaxed, he said.
Similarly, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sushil Kumar Yadav at Metropolitan Police Office said, some markets especially in the Ason, Bhotahiti, Mahabauddha area are opened in the morning hours and the shopkeepers can be seen moving around to buy fresh vegetables in the morning time.
SSP Yadav said that the valley saw increasing number of vehicles plying on the roads and they mostly possessed some sorts of vehicle passes showing themselves engaged in some institutions.
However, vehicles which do not possess any passes are put on hold on the spot, SSP Yadav said.
Except essential service vehicles, private vehicles of financial and banking sectors have increased for the past three days after many banks in the valley decided to operate most of their branches, police said.
Similarly, vehicles of various construction sites, workers of projects are also being carried in personal vehicles possessing passes issued by the government and all these things have resulted in the increased mobility in the valley, SSP Yadav said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ghanashyam Shrestha at Thankot Metropolitan Police Circle said daily on average 1,700 to 1,800 vehicles have been making their entry and exit from the check post.