Cycle City is panacea for pollution and bad health, says LMC Mayor Maharjan

Published On: July 24, 2019 02:30 PM NPT By: Bipana Thapa

KATHMANDU, July 24: Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) has completed the construction of cycle stands in various places of the district.

Spokesperson for LMC, Raju Maharjan, said the construction of cycle stands at Mangalbazar, Pulchowk and the metropolis premise has already been completed.

LMC committed to reducing air pollution looks forward to transforming itself into the cycle city by constructing separate cycle lanes on some of the road sections in the metropolitan premises.

According to Chiribabu Maharjan Mayor, LMC, they had allocated Rs 5 million for the construction of cycle stands in the fiscal year 2075-76. “If the plan works as expected, we will increase the budget by 100 percent in the coming fiscal year,” Maharjan added.

In collaboration with the Nepal Cycle Society (NCS), the metropolis took an initiative in constructing the cycle lane. Mayor Maharjan said that they have collaborated with NCS for the effective utilization of the manpower, .

“Though we could see so many foreigners visiting the Patan Durbar premises riding on bicycles in the past, we do not see even a single cycle rider nowadays,” Mayor added. However, he is optimistic about a similar situation in the future.

Construction of the cycle lane will not only revive bicycle riding culture but also improve the health  of the residents by reducing air pollution, Mayor said.  

The cycle lanes from Kupandole to Lagankhel and Pulchowk to Mangalbazar are expected to be complete soon. LMC Spokesperson Maharjan said that the task of road marking has already been started. The total distance of the cycle lane is approximately 4 kilometers.

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