Conduct Saarc in organised manner: PM orders officials

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 20, 2014-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that the upcoming 18th Saarc Summit is associated with the nation’s prestige and urged the concerned government to complete the construction and renovation of physical infrastructure such as roads, the City Hall, which is the main venue of the regional summit, including management of important logistics.

During a briefing from senior government officials on the ongoing preparations for the 18th Saarc Summit on Thursday, PM Koirala instructed the officials concerned to take help from the Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police to complete the remaining preparatory tasks.

During the briefing, the prime minister took stock of the summit preparations including maintenance of roads, welcoming the Saarc dignitaries and arrangment of their place of stay, beautification and cleanliness of the city, renovation and physical upgradation work of the City Hall,  the sound and light system inside the main venue, the seating arrangement and flow of information to media with the officials, according to a statement isused by the PM’s private secretariat.

Deputy Prime Ministers Bamdev Gautam and Prakashman Singh, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Minister for Information and Communication Minendra Rijal, Minister for Physical Planning and Transportation Bimalendra Nidhi, Energy Minister Radha Gyawali, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Deepak Chandra Amatya and Minister for Industries Mahesh Basnet were present during the briefing. Foreign Minister Pandey and Acting Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi had briefed the PM about the main function of the event to be held at the City Hall and Hotel Soaltee, where the visiting delegates will be staying during the summit. DPM Gautam and Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Gaurav Shumsher Rana had also briefed the PM about the security arrangements.

“We have rich experience of successfully holding two Saarc Summits in the past. Keeping these experiences in mind, I urge you all to convene the upcoming summit in a well-organised manner,” PM Koirala said.

 

KMC cleaning campaign intensifies

KATHMANDU: Keeping in mind the upcoming Saarc Summit in the Valley, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has intensified its cleaning campaign in major city areas. The metropolis has planned to broom and then flush within this week the roads to be used by the international delegates during the summit.

KMC has assigned various staffs and city police for the cleaning campaign. Nepal police, Nepal Army and government officials have also joined their hands for the campaign. “We have also urged locals from various communities to help us clean the city since we have very less time,” said KMC chief Dhana Bahadur Shrestha.

KMC also plans to shine the blacktopped roads and will be cleansed with forced water. “We cannot be using the broomer in all the streets. We will deploy people to manually broom the major roads,” said Mahesh Kafle, coordinator of the KMC’s cleaning campaign.

Together with the road cleaning campaign, KMC looks to flush the footpath railings and poles which have flags from the eight Saarc member nations. “We are waiting for the final construction of the major roads. As soon as the debris are removed, we will clean the roads, “ said Kafle. (PR)

Published: 21-11-2014 09:51

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