Nepali Capital faces sort of parking space to declare inner area a walking zones

15th Nov, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Nov. 15: Nepali capital Kathmandu is facing problem of the heavy flow with the increment in the number of private vehicles plying on the road resulting congestion in traffic flow.

Though the problem is not new for the capital the local body now is in search of parking options in order to sort out the problem with declaration of the core city areas as “Walk only zones” and now is in search of parking areas.

Joint Spokesperson at the KMC Nama Raj Dhakal said KMC has set a target of declaring core city areas as ‘walk-only zones’ in the next five years. To meet the target, KMC will build parking lots for vehicles outside core city areas. People can park their vehicles in the parking lots and enter ‘walk-only zones’ in inner city areas.

“Parking lots will be an option for parking vehicles before entering the walk-only zones.” Dhakal said adding, “Inner city areas will be declared vehicle-free ‘walk-only zones’ after parking lots are built and their operation begins.”

He said inner areas like Bhedasingh, Indrachowk to Thamel, Ason, Chhetrapati, Basantapur Durbar Square area, among others, will be declared walk-only zones initially. KMC has decided to develop digital parking lots just outside the inner areas. KMC found Dharmapath an ideal location where such parking lots could be built.

Last month, Thamel, a popular tourist hub, was declared a ‘walk-only zone’ with the concerted efforts of stakeholders and local authorities.

Last year in November, KMC had proposed constructing a three-storey multi-parking facility at New Road, Khullamanch and Lainchaur.

The construction of an underground parking facility in New Road was proposed at a cost of Rs 550 million. Likewise, parking systems in Khullamanch and Thamel were proposed at a cost of Rs three billion and Rs two billion respectively.