Ambika P Adhikari is an Urban Planner based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Keshav Bhattarai is a Professor of Geography at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, USA.
Nonpartisan local elections are desirable for several reasons. The main ones being that the locally-elected leaders are directly implementing location-specific programs while being close to the residents of their jurisdictions.
Many cities in neighboring India have successfully adopted BRT systems to improve their transportation situation. Examples can be seen in Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore, and Surat. Looking at the current transportation and related pollution problems in the Kathmandu Valley, a realistic possibility will be to start with an electric BRT system and gradually move to streetcar and eventually to metro rail.
In the past two decades, the concept of smart city has been gaining popularity globally. While several cities such as Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Barcelona, Chicago and Hong Kong have been implementing elements of smart city planning and design concepts, some city planners and civic leaders are also speaking about the benefits of adopting smart city notions for Nepal.