Plan to add more crosswalks

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Plan to add more crosswalks

Dec 6, 2014-

To make the recently constructed roads in Kathmandu Valley more “pedestrian friendly”, authorities have started constructing a proper way to link the already marked zebra crossings.

Following a widespread public complaints on the lack of convenient road crossings, the authorities have decided to construct passageways through the green lane to, so that the people can get across the road without any trouble.

After the completion of Maitighar-Tinkune road it became evident that the it was not pedestrian friendly. The parkway built in the middle of the road hindered the pedestrians who were trying to get across. As a result, many people were seen stepping over the street lawn while crossing the street. Authorities, meanwhile, started detaining people for violation of traffic regulation, which further stoked public derision and criticism of the government for failing to consider the pedestrians’ convenience while planning the renovation of the road.

Yogeshwor Parajuli, chief at the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA) , said the roads will be equipped with small passages for zebra crossings.

Currently there are about nine zebra crossings along the 2.7 km Maitighar-Tinkune road. “Pedestrians have to only walk 300 metres maximum to make the right crossing which by any standards is good” said Parajuli.

The fact that the recently widened roads lack various components, including overhead bridges and railings, has also hampered the pedestrian movement. Parajuli said they are planning to make the roads more convenient for pedestrians in the coming days.

KVDA also plans to make the road signs more visible for pedestrians.

Published: 07-12-2014 09:09

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