The Maitighar Mandala area has been decorated for the BIMSTEC summit, which starts this week. Kathmandu's major roads have been repaired and welcome arches erected to welcome the dignataries participating in the summit to be held in Kathmandu on August 30-31. Photo: Republica
KATHMANDU, Aug 29: With the BIMSTEC summit all set to start Thursday in Kathmandu, the government is ready to welcome the heads of the governments from South Asia and South East Asian countries. Various welcome gates have been erected along their way from the airport to the hotels where the guest will stay, and on the way to the program venue.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and other stakeholders have jointly established altogether 57 welcome gates in Kathmandu Valley. Cosmetic roads repair work along the routes have already been completed.
Out of the 57 welcome gates, KMC constructed six. Also the activity of cleaning garbage from the city is ongoing, said Gyanendra Karki, spokesperson for KMC.
Despite the active participation of MoFA, KMC and Department of Roads garbage management is still a problem in the Valley.
Apart from participating in the summit, some heads of BIMSTEC member states are scheduled to visit Lumbini. Sri Lankan President Maitipala Sirisena and Myanmar President Win Myuint will visit Lumbini.
“All the preparations for their visit have been completed,” said Saroj Bhattarai, an official at the Lumbini Development Trust.
Some delegates have expressed their wishes to visit the Pashupati Temple. “Their visits will be confirmed after the ministry informs us,” said Saroj Thapaliya, an information officer at the Pashupati Area Development Trust, adding, “We are working to welcome the delegates.”