KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Thamel, the major tourist destination and hotpot of tourists arriving in Nepal is getting a new face with the authorities ramping up of the construction works in the area.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Ward No. 26 is all set to black top one kilometer road in the Thamel area with KMC’s Rs 10 million financial support.
Works have begun for black topping the road from Manang Hotel to Kathmandu Guest House, and the road from Vaishali Hotel to Thamel Marga and Bhagawanpau Marga.
KMC Ward -26 chairman, Khyam Raj Tiwari said the KMC has started black topping the roads in Thamel area with the objective of building a beautiful and prosperous Thamel.
“We have intensified the black topping works to develop Thamel area as no-vehicles area,” he said.
Discussions were going on since some months back between the KMC, the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division and local tourism entrepreneurs to developing Thamel into a no-vehicles zone.
In a separate development the Thamel area is set to be vehicle free area from October 22.
The Metropolitan City Traffic Police Division and Thamel Development Council made the announcement remarking that the general vehicles apart from most essential ones will be strictly prohibited to enter into Thamel area.
Traffic Division In-charge Sarbendra Khanal informed that vehicles excluding most essential ones such as drinking water, ambulance, tourism and security will not be allowed to move to the area.
“We are putting in place a pass system for the most essential vehicles to move to and from Thamel area”, Khanal added.
The vehicles-permitted can only go to Thamel from Tridevi Marg; taxi, microbus, van and motorbikes will not be permitted to stop rampantly; action will be taken against the vehicle breaching one way traffic rule, traffic signs will be kept in different places and vehicles will be arranged as per the need of the hotels in Thamel.
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