KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The number of people leaving the Kathmandu Valley has started increasing, according to the Metropolitan Traffic Police.
More than 100,000 people have officially left the Valley so far. Many who left Kathmandu are out of the records of police.
Chief of the Traffic Police Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Janak Bhattarai said that the number of outbound passengers is gradually increasing and the number will increase after the start of the Dashain holidays. "It has been increasing normally till now. From today, the pressure of outbound passengers is going to increase further," said Bhattarai. “For a smooth travel experience of the passengers, we have made arrangements accordingly.”
According to the statistics of the Traffic Police Division, 776,371 passengers have entered the Valley in a total of 142,227 vehicles from September 17 to October 8. In the same period, a total of 143,773 vehicles carried 870,496 passengers out of the valley. According to the information received so far, more than 100,000 people have left the Valley.
However, the number of people leaving in reserved vehicles is higher this year. The number of such people is not in the records of the police. Police Inspector Jitesh Dahal informed Republica that the practice of reserving small vehicles with friends or family and going home has increased this time.
Senior Superintendent of Police Basanta Bahadur Kunwar has said that the police in plain clothes have been mobilized to control fraud, black marketeering and theft and other criminal activities.
The Police Headquarters has requested all to be careful during the festival and contact the nearest police office in case of any problem.