NAUBISE, Feb 20: The vital road along Nagdhunga, which serves as the main passage to the capital, is full of cracks and potholes although it was repaired just four months ago during the last Dashain festival. It is being repaired once again after complaints from the commuters. In the view of the upcoming monsoon, the authorities have expedited the repair works. The highway is among the busiest roads in the country with hundreds of light and heavy vehicles and passenger buses passing through everyday.
Living in Kathmandu has its perks as well as its downsides. Be it the pretty cafes or the marvelous historical sites, Kathmandu is a city that’s very much alive and bustling. It’s a city that demands to be explored. However, the traffic, pollution, and potholed roads often take away from its beauty. We asked the residents of Kathmandu what they thought was the best and worst things about living in Kathmandu. Here are their answers.
Potholes and dusts have almost become one of the defining attributes of the Kathmandu Valley. When it rains these potholes get filled with water, which when the vehicles ram upon, splash around nearby pedestrians and bikers. Kathmandu’s potholes have proven to be death traps too.
KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Do you ever wonder how the potholes on our roads get repaired and by whom? Municipal workers are often to be seen repairing the roads and filling potholes. But there is more to it than that. Ten different steps are involved before a pothole gets patched up. These steps have to be approved by various individuals and departments in the municipal bureaucracy.
POKHARA, Sept 19: A local businessman in Pokhara, Om Prakash Pandey was returning home on Monday when he got stuck at Birauta roadside for hours. His car could not move ahead due the pool of water all over the road. After getting stranded there from early afternoon to late evening, he somehow managed to drive further. But there were too many potholes that made his drive too challenging.
DHADING, July 31: Scorching heat in a while and torrential rain the next moment. And amid this, there are eroded roads with huge potholes. Most of the roads in rural areas of Dhading become prone to accident as soon as the monsoon arrives.
KATHMANDU, March 22: Lawmakers speaking in the 'zero hour' of the meeting of National Assembly today called attention of the government towards the poor condition of roads in several places of the country.
KOHALPUR, Aug 30: Continuous rainfall in Western Nepal since the past few weeks have caused several potholes in the East West Highway making transportation riskier for the commuters. Certain section of the highway has been affected by floods as well.
TIKAPUR, July 13: The road was black topped around one-and-a-half year ago and that had brought huge respite to the locals as the road was in a great mess. But the respite did not take long to wane. Lots of potholes have started appearing in this newly blacktopped road in Tikapur of Kailali district.