KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The traffic police on Saturday launched a campaign to clean and maintain the roads of Kathmandu. As part of the campaign, the Kathmandu Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (KMTPD) will clean and repair the capital´s roads every Saturday.
On the first day of the campaign, the traffic police cleaned Maitighar-Putalisadak road for an hour in the morning.
The campaign is headed by Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Navraj Dhakal and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Upendra Kant Aryal. Around 300 traffic police personnel will take part in the campaign every weekend. They will also place road dividers properly, wash them and paste shiny stickers on them.
The aim of the campaign is to minimize road accidents and to keep Kathmandu roads dust-free, which benefits not only the traffic but also pedestrians and motorists.
"We don´t have enough dividers. The existing dividers have discolored by the smoke emitted by thousands of vehicles every day," said DSP Pawan Giri, spokesperson of the MTDP.
However, the MTDP is disappointed with the lack of cooperation from other stakeholders like Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) in the road maintenance work. "It is not our job to wash the dividers and stick colorful stickers on them. We have to do it because of the lack of concern of other stakeholders," said Giri. "We don´t have enough manpower and budget to carry out these kinds of work."
Till now, the MTDP has successfully implemented various campaigns like the ones against drink-driving and illegal taxi fare, and the service with smile culture of traffic police.