Host of dev activities announced for Valley

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Host of dev activities announced for Valley

Jul 14, 2015-

From constructing public toilets to an international convention centre, the finance minister announced a host of development activities for the Valley in his budget speech for the fiscal year 2015/16 with a vision of developing Kathmandu as the national Capital in federal Nepal.

Presenting the budget for upcoming fiscal year before the Parliament on Tuesday, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said an “integrated development” approach will be adopted for Kathmandu which includes establishing new infrastructure, efficient management of existing ones and continuation of current development programmes.

Melamchi Water Supply Project became one of the biggest recipients of the national budget with Rs4.95 billion allocated for the next fiscal. Drinking water from the project will be supplied to all households in Kathmandu within two years, Mahat promised, adding that a schedule will be devised to supply water through existing taps and tankers for the time being.

Likewise, Rs1.7 billion has been allocated for the expansion of Suryabinayak-Dhulikhel road from existing two lanes to six. The road links Kathmandu Valley to the starting point of BP Highway in Kavre district, which is the shortest and an alternate route from the Capital to eastern Tarai. Further, funds have been apportioned for repairs and upgradation of other roads, including the Ring Road in the Valley. Mahat said it will be made mandatory for public buses plying major Valley roads to be disabled-friendly and with the capacity of at least 40 seats. Rs80 million has been allocated for the feasibility study of metro and mono rail networks in Kathmandu.

The finance minister also announced the construction of 400 public toilets around the Valley in association with the private sector. According to a study titled ‘Public toilets in the Kathmandu Valley’ conducted by Mamta Sayami, there is one public toilet in the Valley for roughly every 50,000 residents. Mahat has pledged to construct a sewerage line along the Bagmati River, from Sundarijal to Sundarighat, in addition to making all Valley rivers free from dumping of sewage and waste in two years time.

The management of open spaces in the Valley has also been highlighted in the budget with particular attention to tree plantation programmes. One open space for every 25,000 people will be arranged, Mahat said. He also said that the private sector will be encouraged to build parking lots at several places as designated by municipalities.

The budget has also envisioned developing the night-life of the metropolis by making markets, restaurants and public transport open for 24 hours a day.

Additionally, the budget has allocated Rs130 million for the development of Dasharath Rangasala Stadium and Rs110 million for Mulpani Cricket Ground. Development of Chyasal Football Ground as an alternative ground and upgradation of cricket grounds at Kirtipur and Pulchowk has been envisioned. The finance minister has also announced to conduct a feasibility study of an international convention centre in the Capital and said that the Rs90 million loan amount meant for the construction of a Saarc Convention Centre in Lalitpur will be converted into shares.

Mahat also announced that a masterplan will be created to develop one of the cities in the Valley as a smart city without giving further details.

Published: 15-07-2015 09:41

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