Saturday, 22 October 2016
The 29-storey Kathmandu View Tower is said to be the tallest building in Nepal once completed, but due to changes in regulations for building construction after the earthquake last year mean that the original approved design violates the new rule. The foundation stone for the building was laid in November last year. Settlement Development, Urban Planning and Building Construction Criteria 2015 set by the government has changed provisions for minimum setback area, ground coverage and floor area ratio for high-rise buildings. According to the new standards, the ratio of the height of a high-rise building to its setback area has been fixed at 4:1. Likewise, the building is allowed to cover a maximum of 60 percent ground of the plot it is being built on while the regulation for floor area ratio has not been explicitly mentioned and left for local bodies to decide. Due to the unexpected changes, only the blueprints for a 12-storey building have been approved at first.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.