BAGLUNG, July 4: Just two months have passed since the blacktopping of a road at Painyupata of Baglung Municipality-13, but it has already begun wearing off. Landslides and incessant rains have further contributed to the degradation of the road.

KATHMANDU, June 22: Some government bodies have been found not abiding by the rules enforced by government authorities.

KATHMANDU, June 13: The government has barred digging up roads in the capital for the next three months starting from Tuesday, citing the rainy season this year.

Think beyond roads

October 24, 2019 02:00 am

In an egregious case of ‘dozer terror’ in Baitadi, the District Police Office has arrested the driver of the excavator for ramming the excavator bucket at the local people. The video of this cruel bulldozing, in which some locals are seen protesting and the driver rams the excavator at them mercilessly, went viral in social media, earning condemnation from Kathmandu and beyond.  As many as eight persons were injured, one of them seriously, in this act of crime. Meanwhile, the president of the local User’s Committee and two other persons have been arrested for investigation. According to Republica report, the locals were protesting against road construction because the land on which excavator was rammed on belonged to Guthi. In the video, the locals are also seen pelting stones at the excavator driver, who, enraged at this, aims the excavator bucket at the protestors randomly.  Whatever the dispute between the locals and the User’s Committee, attacking people with the excavator is a crime and those guilty of the incident must be brought to book, without any ifs and buts.  But broadly, the incident of Baitadi is emblematic of what is fundamentally wrong with our notion of development at local sphere.

Bad road takes toll on tourism in Nagarkot

September 25, 2019 08:05 am

The 16-kilometer road was scheduled to be completed by Fiscal Year 2015/16

ILAM, Sept 25: The much-hyped Visit Nepal 2020 is just three months away but most of the roads leading to major tourist destinations are yet to be repaired. The situation is not different in Province 1, which boasts of having over two dozen tourist destinations.

DOLAKHA, Sep 1: The government has started preparations for opening a tender bid for linking Nepali road to China via Lamabagar of Dolakha district.

BIRENDRANAGAR, Aug 19: As part of its initiation to connect Karnali with Tibet, the provincial government is working to open three new roads in the region.

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, July 22: With the onset of monsoon season, vehicular movement along waterlogged roads in Kathmandu runs into difficulties. As a result, road travel turns into a terrifying ordeal since it involves a considerable amount of time at that time.

GAUSHALA, July 17: Some two dozen road sections of Mahottari district have been damaged due to a massive flood in the past week.

Rural roads being blacktopped

July 9, 2019 07:49 am

PANCHTHAR, July 9: The blacktopping of roads connecting rural areas of the district has started through a joint initiative of the federal and provincial governments.

DANG, July 1: Ghorahi Sub-metropolitan City is extremely busy in implementing development projects these days. It has been working on repairing and widening roads, constructing new infrastructures, among others round the clock. However, in doing so, the office has wholly neglected quality standards. The rush to complete the projects before the end of the fiscal year is apparent.

ROLPA, April 14: With the formation of the local governments, road connectivity became the first preference for all.

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.

DHARAN, Feb 12: There is a road which runs right through the Panwari Community Forest of Dharan Sub-Metropolitan City-6, in between Mahadev Chowk and Panwari.

RATNANAGAR, Jan 1: The Chepang communities in the Kalika Municipality Ward No-11 in Chitwan are elated that their isolated locality is being connected to road network lately as the existing roads were being upgraded and the new tracks being opened.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: With an alarming increase in road fatalities across the nation in the past few months, stakeholders from various walks of life have voiced real concern .

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Shyam Shrestha, 36, was riding his bicycle along the Kirtipur road Saturday when he suddenly fell into a manhole left open by Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL). He did not live to see another day.

Jumla roads useless without bridges

October 25, 2018 04:30 am

JUMLA, Oct 25: A road linking Khalanga, the district headquarters of Jumla, to Patarasi Rural Municipality has remained useless since the last 10 years due to lack of bridge.

Through the off roads of Kathmandu

August 24, 2018 09:53 am

Many working professionals confess that the monotony of everyday life can slowly start to become draining and tiring. You go to work, you come back, eat and sleep and the next day the cycle repeats itself. Life seems to lack purpose and that’s not a very good place to be. It’s no wonder that the recent years have seen a steady growth in the number of individuals indulging in recreational activities and sports.

DHADING, August 2: Meen Narayan Shrestha of Siddhalake Rural Municipality-3 of Dhading has abruptly discontinued reconstruction of his house after completing damp-proof course.

The gateway to better roads

July 27, 2018 11:00 am

Finding solutions outside formal planning process for economic and ecological prosperity has become a trend in both developed and developing nations. Many countries now believe that economic growth can complement environment conservation. Important policies have been formed and implemented targeting solid waste management system in most nations. However, according to Bimal Bastola, co-founder of Green Road Management Company, this level of consciousness seems to be lacking among our policy makers. Very few policies are made in Nepal keeping in mind its impact on the environment.

KATHMANDU, July 20: Various road intersections have started reeking and the chances of spread of diseases have increased as the Kathmandu Metropolitan City finds itself struggling to manage the piling garbage on the streets.

SHANGHAI, July 14: Heavy rain and thunderstorms are wreaking havoc across China, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate, state media reported on Saturday.

TEHRATHUM, July 13: Myanglung Municipality has made a decision not to invest in the rural roads having less than four meters of width.

KATHMANDU, July 12: The Ministry of Home Affairs has prohibited the operation of tippers during the daytime in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley.

Deadly roads

July 11, 2018 02:00 am

Death of workers in tipper accident

SINDHULI, July 4: Nawaraj Gole of Kamalai Municipality in Sindhuli district does not like to step out of his home these days. Due to excessive rainfall, all the roads resemble ‘paddy fields’.

KATHMANDU, July 4: The total number of motor vehicles plying across the country reached nearly 3.1 million as of mid-May, according to a data of Department of Transport Management (DoTM).

KATHMANDU, July 3: Many lanes and major roads in the capital get filled with water up to a foot high. Walking through the streets is irksome as there is a constant risk of stepping on puddles. Much of the roads are covered with mud and dirt, making roads extremely slippery and prone to accidents.

Risky roads

June 29, 2018 07:20 am

It’s the same story every monsoon season. As dug up roads become waterlogged and thus muddy, leaving our homes becomes a risky affair. Pedestrians slipping and falling and bikes and cars getting stuck in mud pits are common occurrences. And, the construction and reconstruction of roads right before the advent of the new fiscal year (which falls exactly during the monsoon season) only make matters worse.

Tagging livestock for safer roads

June 11, 2018 10:57 am

The Ethical Self and Animal Safety Awareness’, a campaign led by Facilitator Corporate Programs Nepal strapped reflective collars on cows, bulls, and calves around the capital on Saturday. The event saw active involvement of the members of Association of St Mary's Alumnae Nepal, Kathmandu Engineering College and Pet for Your Pet.

KHOTANG, June 11: With the onset of monsoon, a section of Diktel-Hurlung road of the Mid-hills Highway has been left muddy after the contractor delayed in blacktopping the road.

KATHMANDU, June 1: Even after three weeks of the end of syndicate in public transportation by the government, the general public does not feel any change. People still find it difficult to travel during peak hours.

MINNEAPOLIS, April 15: Hundreds of flights have been canceled and roadways are treacherous in several Midwestern states as a deadly storm system stretching from Gulf Coast to Great Lakes rolls across the central U.S., bringing heavy snow, strong winds, rain and hail.

My home and I, and your roads

March 30, 2018 07:04 am

My home and I, and your roads Day by day, I become smaller

BHIMDUTTANAGAR, Mar 26: With the enforcement of the government's nationwide policy of banning the motor vehicles completing 20 years of operation, 325 such vehicles have been sent off the roads in Mahakali Zone.

KATHMANDU, March 23: A report published by the World Food Programme (WFP) has shown that improving roads and trails in mountainous regions of Nepal can improve food security and nutrition for the rural communities of remote areas.

NUWAKOT, March 20: The Belkotgadhi Municipality in Nuwakot district is to expand 255 local roads at one go giving top priority to expansion and upgrading of roads for urban development.

KATHMANDU, March 14: The government decision to put a ban on public vehicles older than 20 years is coming into effect from Thursday. Officials of Department of Transport Management (DoTM) said that all preparations have been made for effective implementation of the decision.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The number of accidents continues to rise on Rolpa's rural roads constructed in unsystematic ways, causing huge losses of lives and properties every year. Most of roadways in inner and rural parts of the district are congested and unsystematic.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide US$ 100 million (Nrs. 10 billion) for Rural Connectivity Improvement Project.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Chief Justice (CJ) Gopal Prasad Parajuli on Friday claimed that he is capable for the post.

JUMLA, Nov 29:  Even though the Ministry of Home Affairs had marked Jumla as a highly sensitive area in terms of security for the parliamentary and provincial polls, Sunday's election in the district was largely peaceful and systematic. However, the safety of ballot boxes for the next ten days has become a new challenge for authorities of the district.

The road on the way to Boudhanath temple has been badly damaged for a long time. The Road has been damaged due to expanding the road and digging for pipeline setup of Melamchi water project. By this local peoples and tourists, who came to visit stupa, are facing the problem.

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: At least 35 metric tonnes of solid waste have been managed under the clean-up campaigns of different rivers and ring road clean-up campaign in Kathmandu valley on Saturday.

SUNSARI, Nov 11: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar today pledged to blacktop all roads of Sunsari district within the next five years.

BUTUWAL, Oct 27: Much to the delight of the locals of Butwal, new tracks were opened almost everywhere in the villages and towns in the last few years. Many were even blacktopped. However, the 'signs' of development has started to irk the public now, thanks to the fast deteriorating routes. Potholes are seen in almost all the roads and they have turned into deathtraps, they complain. Let alone in the rainy season, the roads are hardly in good condition even in winter.

KATHMANDU, OCT 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a certiorari order directing the government authorities to avoid the sacred stones, which are known as symbols of wish under Limbu culture while constructing the Taplejung district based North-South Highway.