Monday, 25 December 2017

Talk with KTM Mayor Bidhya Sundar Shakya

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha December 25th, 2017 :
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is planning to construct a multistoried car parking facility at New Road to address the problem of parking in the area. New Road is one of the busiest business hubs in the Capital, with only a handful of parking areas which are invariably packed and poorly managed.

Dhani Ram Sharma, executive officer of the KMC, said they were planning to build a five-storied parking facility with an automated lift system to address the problem of parking space at New Road.

The KMC has already run a feasibility study for the faciltiy which can accommodate over 400 vehicles, he added.

“Whether the facility will be built according to public private partnership (PPP) model or the KMC will solely pay for it is the only thing that remains to be decided,” said Sharma.

Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya had announced the plan for the multi-storied parking facility on the occasion of the KMC’s 23rd anniversary on Saturday.

The KMC plans to construct the facility on its property at Dharmapath, a 890-sq mt space where the metropolis had its office building previously.

Growing vehicle numbers in the Kathmandu Valley has caused the problem of traffic congestion and inadequate parking spaces. This problem is likely to grow in the future if the authorities concerned fail to devise a proper solution. Already, the KMC and other government agencies have announced to promote the use of public transports, introduce monorail and phase out old vehicles. Meanwhile, the Valley’s road infrastructure is also undergoing improvement to accommodate smooth traffic flow.

Guide of the month: January 2018

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.