Tripureswor Kalimati road

  • Voice Of The People

Dec 6, 2016-

The claim that the completed extension of 1.5 km road from Tripureshwor to Kalimati bridge is indeed 22 metres in width needs verification (‘Expansion of 1.5 km stretch over, blacktop ping in six months’, December 1, Page 2). I recently walked on the rubble-strewn, dust-billowing ruins and failed to find a uniform 2 metre footpath. At some places, a foothold, and not a footpath, has been made by removing the steps to the shops. At other places, the border of the footpath are attached to the buildings. Clearly the road department seems to have been guided by the Nepali characteristics of ‘with fear and favour’ here. Also traces of cycle lanes on either side seem to be missing. It will be worthwhile for the media to check on claims as individuals may lack the faculties to see the development in proper perspective, although we will know the truth once the road is fully completed. Still it is better to confirm the claim before the black topping begins.

- Manohar Shrestha, via email

 

Federalism WOES

Soon after the government registered the constitution amendment bill last Tuesday, protesters from the concerned districts announced an indefinite strike (‘Registration of bill sparks protests’, December 1, Page 3). The protesters are against the government’s proposal to split the districts from Province 5 and merge them into Province 4. Protests in several parts of the country have disrupted transportation and compelled businesses and educational institutions to shut down. The daily lives of the people have been adversely affected. 

In some places, violence has flared up resulting in clashes between the agitators and police personnel (‘Protests rage against boundary revision plan, clash in Butwal’, December 2, Page 3). Embarrassingly, some protesters were involved in vandalising public property. Such clashes among Nepalis show that federalism has divided  the nation. It has shattered the sentiments of the peace-loving Nepali people. Everyone might have realised by now that our country cannot really handle federalism. Now that political stalemates and justifications for federalism have crossed all limits of rationality, it would be wise to discard federalism.

- Sanjog Karki, Palpa

Published: 06-12-2016 08:11

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