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New Transport System to Address Traffic Woes in Kathmandu Valley

66 new routes would come into effect from mid-December 2018

New Transport System to Address Traffic Woes in Kathmandu Valley

In a bid to ease traffic congestion in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal Government is planning to introduce ‘new routes’ for public vehicles.

According to Transport Department Management Spokesperson Gokarna Prasad Upadhyay, the 66 new routes would come into effect from mid-December 2018.

Case at Hand

The new plan comes as a scientific approach to address traffic jams spread across hundreds of meters within the valley.


“The aim is to minimize long traffic jams in the Valley and cut down hassles of travelling by managing how public vehicles ply along the roads. Issuing route permits to public vehicles has not been systematic so far. It lacks sustainable planning. We are revising all routes now, ” said Upadhyay.

Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project

The new routes come as a result of a study under the Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Project (KSUTP).

Supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project seeks to make urban transport system more efficient, sustainable and safe. To bring about this scenario, it provides recommendations including upgradation of the existing public transport network and provision of a safer environment for pedestrians.

Improvised Traffic Management

Upadhyay said as per the recommendations, the entire transport network will be divided into three routes— primary, secondary and tertiary.

  • Primary: The primary routes will allow only large vehicles including passenger buses. Eight such routes have been identified on which public vehicles will ply
  • Secondary: Secondary routes will facilitate the transit of mini-buses
  • Tertiary: Three-wheelers and tempos will have access to tertiary routes

KSUTP study has suggested 16 secondary routes and 42 tertiary routes for Kathmandu Valley after a thorough assessment of passenger flow in the region.

Furthermore, the improvisation will replace 200 existing routes with just 66 route permits.

October 23, 2018 |

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