Plan to build 14 highway rest places for drivers

  • Each rest place to cost Rs 450,000
- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Sep 6, 2018-

The government plans to build 14 rest places, for fatigued and sleep-deprived drivers along highways in the provinces, at an aggregate cost of Rs 6.3 million at the rate of Rs 450,000 for each.

Nepal Police Spokesperson and Senior Superintendent of Police Shailesh Thapa said, “Sleep-deprived drivers may fall asleep while driving which may cause accidents. So the aim is to reduce road accidents caused by drivers suffering fatigue.”

According to a survey, lorry and bus drivers deal face extreme fatigue and stress caused by various reasons including sleep deprivation and driving without break for long hours.

The National Federation of Nepal Transport Entrepreneurs, a forum working for the welfare of transport entrepreneurs, lauded the plan.

Federation General Secretary Saroj Sitaula said, “The Federation had requested long ago to build rest places for drivers. This initiative is laudable.”

Province 2 will have three rest areas, one in Province 6, and two each in the other five provinces (Refer Table). The government has released Rs 450,000 for the construction of each rest stop.

A rest area will have an awareness room for teaching traffic rules to drivers and their helpers, a cooking room for drivers and helpers, a water tap and a toilet. Rest areas in Province 1 have CCTV cameras.

Rest areas will be built in the following places: Kateni Road, Ilam in Province 1; Tathalaiya, Bara; Lalgadh, Dhanusa; and Shambhunath, Saptari in Province 2, Majhimtar, Dhading in Province 3; Dulegauda, Tanahun in Province 4; Basgadhi, Bardiya in Province 5; and Budhar, Doti in Province 7 will house a rest area each.

This plan is part of the 82-point home administration reforms plan issued by Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and the 10-point plan issued to make police department strong and credible.

According to the police headquarters, rest areas are functioning in six places including in Koshi Katan, Sunsari in Province 1; Khurkot, Sindhuli in Province 3; Kawasoti, Nawalparasi in Province 4; Lamahi, Dang in Province 5; Chhinchu, Surkhet in Province 6; and Ghodaghodi, Kailali in Province 7.

Traffic police and police have deployed personnel at all rest places, police said.

Superintendent of Police Janak Bhattarai said, “A traffic awareness programme will be conducted for drivers, their helpers and passengers of every public bus for five to 15 minutes.”

The campaign will expand to across the country in the days to come, said Thapa.

Published: 06-09-2018 07:29

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