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President’s carcade obstructs traffic

REPUBLICA

KATHMANDU, Dec 24

Common people heading to their destinations were left high and dry in the wake of President Ram Baran Yadav´s visit to India on Monday.

Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt and the traffic was reduced to a crawl at several places because of the diversions and barricades put in place to ensure safe passage for the president´s carcade.

Hundreds of people were stuck in jams even as many others were kept waiting at traffic signals at Koteshwar, New Baneshwar, Old Buspark.

“I have been waiting since one and half hours for a bus to Bhaktapur. People say the vehicles have been stopped on the way,” said Sharmila Basnet, who was in town to buy stuffs for her shop in Sallaghari.

According to MTPD spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Pawan Giri, the vehicles passing through Shital Niwas, Gairidhara, Nagpokhari, Putalisadak, were cleared an hour before the president´s carcade was scheduled to leave at 2.10pm.

Similarly, the vehicles heading toward Tinkune-Gaushala-Chabahil and those toward New Baneshwar-Babarmahal-Ratnapark from Balkumari road section of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur were stopped at Koteshwar Chowk for half an hour to clear the road section between New Baneshwar and Airport, informed Giri.

“The diversions added pressure on the entire traffic system of the capital although around 1000 traffic personnel were deployed on the day,” said DSP Giri.

Source: Republica Daily
Published on 2012-12-24 23:15:31
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