KATHMANDU, May 20: Minister for Urban Development Ram Kumari Jhakri has said that the urban policy of 2064 BS will be revised to suit the country’s long-term needs.
Addressing a program on National Urban Policy and Priorities for Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development organized by the Ministry of Urban Development in Kathmandu on Friday, Minister Jhakri said that the revised draft of the urban policy has reached the final stage.
Stating that the ministry is going to revise the urban policy according to the spirit of federalism, she said that the policy will meet the needs of all after the revision. "We will make the national urban policy long-term. We have finalized the draft of the Urban Policy Amendment and Urban Development Act through discussions across the country,” said Minister Jhakri.
Secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development Dr. Ramesh Singh said that migration has become a challenge for increasing urbanization. He mentioned that the issues of good governance and security would be given prominence in the revised urban policy. He stressed on the need to distribute the rights at the local level in order to implement federalism.
Member of National Planning Commission Dr Pushpa Raman Wagle said that the issue of clean, tidy and identity-based cities should be included in the revised policy. He stressed on the need to include such issues in the policy as cooperation between the three tiers of government and ministries is essential for urban development.