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Nov 14, 2017-A recent article about traffic catastrophes in Kathmandu rang very true (‘The scooter diaries’, November 12, Page 7). The journey from Nagarkot to Hattisar, where I live, normally takes one hour. However, a few days ago, the trip took more than three hours. 

We all know that Kathmandu Valley is too small for the number of people that live here now, and it cannot accommodate the number of vehicles either. Today, the road to Nagarkot is in a horrible state. The same is the case with other roads and streets. This severely hampers travel to tourist destinations, like the Boudhanath Stupa. Tourists have to spend hours navigating the transportation system to find their hotels among the dust and honking. 

I am involved in promoting tourism in Nepal, but it is difficult to bring tourists to such a place. They never come back, as we always hope. I don’t have a real solution to these problems—this the Nepali government must do for itself. I hope for the best. 

- Reijo Härkönen 

Hattisar, Kathmandu

FULLY ACCOUNTABLE

The Nepali government is fully responsible for the lives of people here and abroad (‘Slaving away’, November 10, Page 6). It cannot escape punishment for its role as a mute spectator to the tragic death of Nepalis abroad, especially migrant workers, and thousands of fatalities in road accidents on the dangerous, broken highways and roads. What steps can the government take to make sure that Nepalis do not lose their lives regularly? If Nepal cannot protect its workers, it should ban migrant work completely. We should not blame only Qatar and other labour market countries for the woes of our migrant workers. The Nepali labourers’ woes start in Nepal. The primary responsibility for the safety of its people lies with the state of Nepal. 

- Manohar Shrestha, via e-mail

Published: 14-11-2017 07:38

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