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Traffic lights back in operation in valley (ht 24/06/2020)

Kathmandu Metropolitan City announces subsidies for staff to buy bicycles: Cycling enthusiasts, however, say the decision makes little sense when the mayor hasn’t built a single cycle-friendly lane in the city in his three years in office, by Anup Ojha (kp 22/06/2020)

Cabbies hit by government decision to ease lockdown only for private vehicles: In the past two days, traffic police have detained over 700 taxi drivers for defying the restriction, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/06/2020)

Sharp rise in number of people entering Kathmandu after govt eased lockdown (rep 16/06/2020)

1,754 accidents in lockdown kill 193 people (kh 16/06/2020)

Odd-even rule for motorcycles irks commuters: The rule will affect hundreds of people rely on two-wheelers to get to work and run their businesses, by Anup Ojha (kp 16/06/2020))

Government’s odd and even rule not effective in Kathmandu, virologist suggest if vehicles and number of people on the road not controlled this will create havoc: Citizen criticize the government’s rule of restricting pillions in motorcycle and call it a ‘nonsense move’, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/06/2020)

Restriction on pillion-riding affects mobility (ht 13/06/2020)

Two dead, two missing as tipper plunges into Karnali River in Kalikot: Following an altercation with the passengers, the driver exited the vehicle which had its engine running, causing the accident, police said, by Tularam Pandey (kp 11/06/2020)

Digging of roads banned from June 15 to September 16 (ht 10/06/2020), Road department to not allow digging on urban roads during rainy season: Despite the notice, roads will be dug up to lay pipes under the Melamchi Drinking Water project, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/06/2020)

Kathmandu city officials fixing pavements that don’t need fixing, locals allege: Ward representatives, however, say they are utilising the budget, and accusations against them are politically motivated, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/06/2020)

An electric shock to Nepal’s energy future: Hike in e-car tax will increase dependence on imported petroleum, add to air pollution, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 05/06/2020

Roads to nowhere: The government’s planning of major traffic infrastructure within the Valley shows how careless its plans are (kp 01/06/2020)

12 killed and 21 injured in an accident in Banke: The injured have been taken to Nepalgunj-based Bheri Hospital for treatment, said police, by Madhu Shahi (kp 01/06/2020), Banke road accident: Death toll climbs to 12, four critically injured, by Arjun Oli (rep 01/06/2020), Dozen die, 21 injured as microbus rams into parked truck in Banke: All passengers on the bus were migrant workers returning home from various cities in India after losing their source of income in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, by Thakur Singh Tharu & Madhu Shahi (kp 02/06/2020)

Flyover and underpass plans fail to convince some urban planners: Similar projects were announced in the past, only to be abandoned, they say, by Anup Ojha (kp 31/05/2020)

Government halves budget for Kathmandu-Tarai expressway: The project deadline could be affected due to budget crunch, Defence Ministry officials say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/05/2020)

DoR blacktops 77-kilometre road during lockdown: lockdown: The department has also completed the construction work of 21 bridges (ht 25/05/2020)

Traffic fatality rate in Valley unchanged despite lockdown restrictions: Overspeeding on empty roads has caused 10 deaths in the last 48 days, according to the traffic division office, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/05/2020)

DoR working on various projects despite lockdown (ht 22/04/2020)

Contractors, industrialists face difficulty getting workers to return to workplace: Workers’ unwillingness, lack of transport and accomodation facilities hurt efforts to re-start work, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/04/2020)

Gaushala-Chabahil road maintenance to begin today (ht 19/04/2020), Construction of Gaushala-Chabahil section halted: Truck ferrying construction materials stopped by locals in Kavre (ht 22/04/2020)

Road office takes lockdown as opportunity to upgrade roads in Kathmandu: After resurfacing nearly 12 km of the city's roads, the road office is currently painting road markings, officials say, by Anup Ojha (kp 16/04/2020)

Army rushes to pick consultant for Expressway as nation combats coronavirus: Law flouted while selectiung Korean firm (rep 02/04/2020), Nepal Army selects consultant for Kathmandu-Tarai expressway by violating procurement guidelines: Complaint says army officials completed contract negotiations, which would normally take two weeks, within three hours, by Anil Giri (kp 03/04/2020), Consultant selection process in controversy (ht 05/04/2020)

Curfew clamped in Panauti as protests erupt after truck kills woman and her child: During Monday’s protests, police used tear gas shells and opened fire in the air to disperse the mob. Six police personnel and three locals were injured in the clash, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 18/03/2020)

In Nepal, road safety battle can be won: The investment in road safety is not just a moral imperative, but a development priority, by Hartwig Schafer (kp 17/03/2020)

National pride project Kaligandaki Corridor’s construction grinds to a halt: The 131km road project kicked off in January 2019, by Narayan Sharma (kp 15/03/2020)

New lane rules along Koteshwor-Kalanki stretch (ht 15/03/2020)

Space crunch hits KMC’s plan to construct parking lots (ht 15/03/2020)

Ride-sharing services banned yet again (ht 12/03/2020)

Six-lane road turns into a playground for children, by Rohit Mahato (rep 12/03/2020)

Road authorities to clear encroached land along Bhimdatta Highway: Hundreds of houses and huts have been built encroaching upon the area near highway that links the hill districts of Sudurpaschim Province to Dadeldhura, by D.R. Pant (kp 11/03/2020)

New lane rules to be enforced along Koteshwor-Kalanki stretch (kp 11/03/2020)

Installation of traffic violation software in three more places comes as relief to traffic police, service seekers: Officials say the new system will help maintain an exact record of traffic rule violators in Kathmandu Valley and assist in planning, by Anup Ojha (kp 09/03/2020)

Six killed, 34 injured in two road accidents (rep 05/03/2020)

Overloaded trucks take toll on Ghorahi-Holeri Road, by Dinesh Subedi (kp 05/03/2020)

Lalitpur locals call officials out on dusty, pothole-riddled road: After running out of options, they installed ‘protest boards’ by collecting up to Rs 200, by Anup Ojha (kp 04/03/2020)

No solution in sight for the deadlock surrounding Mid-hill Highway’s construction in Lamjung section: A total of 813 houses would be brought down if the current policy of the city development committee holds, by Aash Gurung (kp 03/03/2020)

Traffic cops start monitoring public vehicles (ht 02/03/2020)

Delay in road blacktopping triggers protest, road block in Gorkha, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 01/03/2020)

New lane rule on Suryabinayak road to minimise accidents, punish rash driving: Traffic police say heavy vehicles, including buses, need to stay on the left, private vehicles on the right (kp 29/02/2020)

Construction of Nagdhunga-Sisne Khola tunnel from Dhading side to begin, by Rudra Khadka (rep 29/02/2020)

Night bus service planned in Kathmandu from Nepali New Year: Although city rules say buses should run till 10pm, roads wear deserted look after 8, by Anup Ojha (kp 28/02/2020)

Traffic congestion in Rajbiraj affects locals: In the absence of bus parks, public vehicles stay put on the road to pick up passengers, causing a long traffic snarl, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 27/02/2020)

Construction of Diktel-Khanidanda-Ahale road in limbo: The deadline for the project, which began in September 2018, is March 20, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 26/02/2020)

Build bridges (rep 24/02/2020)

Road expansion drive along Mahendra Highway halted as a byproduct of coronavirus outbreak: Several officials representing the contractor haven’t returned to Nepal since they travelled to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year last month, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 23/02/2020)

Nepal needs additional $879m for safer roads: WB (ht 22/02/2020)

Gaur Bazaar section of Malangawa road yet to be asphalted: The locals in the area complain of poor health conditions because of air pollution caused by the dusty Malangawa-Nawalpur road, byOm Prakash Thakur (kp 20/02/2020)

Naagdhunga road full of potholes again, by Sarita Shrestha (kp 20/02/2020)

Repair work yet to begin on damaged Narayangadh-Muglin road: Some sections of the road stretch started to sink while the upgradation work of the Narayangadh-Muglin project was underway two years ago, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 19/02/2020)

Dismal progress in Saljhandi-Sandhikharka-Dhorpatan road project: Only a 10-kilometer stretch of the road has been blacktopped so far, by Laxman Ghimire (rep 19/02/2020)

NCP, NC roads in Bajura! (ht 19/02/2020) [Party political insanity!]

Nepal Army fails to spend budget for the expressway again: Calling bids for complex bridges and tunnels before the new fiscal year was not possible, Brig-Gen Pandey says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/02/2020), Efficiency eludes the army: Delays to the Kathmandu-Tarai expressway will further put forth compounded challenges (kp 19/02/2020)

Infrastructure development discourages agriculture production in Doti: Those families who were self-reliant are now completely dependent on the market for their daily supplies, by Mohan Shahi (kp 18/02/2020)

Four killed in road accidents in Morang (ht 16/02/2020)

Haphazard construction of rural roads increases the risk of accidents along the Mahakali Highway section that passes through Darchula: According to transportation entrepreneurs and workers, instead of easing connectivity, the rural roads have been causing landslides and transport disruption, by Manoj Badu (kp 15/02/2020)

CCTV cameras a boon for tackling hit-and-runs, by Ashim Neupane (rep 15/02/2020)

Department of Roads wants to use airport land to ease traffic congestion at Koteshwor: The civil aviation ministry has agreed to provide land for a two-lane road on the Koteshwor-Jadibuti section and a one-lane road near Jadibuti, officials say, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/02/2020)

Regulate ride-sharing services: Patan High Court (ht 14/02/2020)

KMC plans to operate night bus service within the city (ht 14/02/2020)

Over 600,000 waiting for driving licenses for months: Mass printer fails to clear license backlog as hoped (rep 12/02/2020)

Humla folks still dependent on tuins to cross Karnali river: There are six tuins still in operation across the Karnali river in the district, say locals, by Chhapal Lama (kp 11/02/2020), A bridge to fear: Rural Nepalis continue to rely on risky tuins to cross rivers; the government must speed up efforts to replace them (kp 12/02/2020)

DoTM to increase age limit for obtaining driving licence (ht 11/02/2020), DoTM set to increase age limit to 18 years to get driving license (rep 11/02/2020)

Budget crunch leaves fate of Jumla-Jajarkot roads in limbo (ht 11/02/2020)

Vehicular collisions need more attention: Research needs to be conducted to create driver-centred interventions to prevent road traffic crashes, by Mukesh Adhikari (kp 10/02/2020)

Under-construction bridge at Tikuliyaghat develops cracks: The under-construction bridge in Tikuliyaghat deadline has not been extended but the construction work is still incomplete, by Shiva Puri (kp 09/02/2020)

Recently asphalted Charpane-Narayanchok-Jayapur road develop cracks: Some sections of the six-kilometre road are riddled with potholes, say locals, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 08/07/2020)

A two-way street: Maintaining road discipline and ensuring road safety will bear less fruit if the government or motorists fail to do their part (kp 06/02/2020)

Sajha explores legal options as government demands Rs 3 billion back along with interest: Company’s chief executive says authorities must back the decision with a ‘solid reason’, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 04/02/2020)

Bijuli Bazaar arch bridge is set to open in a month, but there are concerns it will ease traffic: There’s uncertainty over completion of a similar bridge in Tinkune after Pappu Construction, the contractor, was blacklisted for using substandard material, by Anup Ojha (kp 04/02/2020)

Electric vehicles proposed for top-level government officials: A committee under the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport comes up with the plan in a bid to reduce expenses over fossil fuel-run vehicles and promote EVs in the country, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/02/2020)

Most roads in Ramechhap are unmotorable: Keeping in view the poor condition of rural roads, all three governments—federal, provincial and local—have prioritised road upgradation work in the current fiscal year, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 02/02/2020)

Chhepetar in Gorkha Municipality tense after tipper-hit kills woman (ht 01/02/2020)

Open manholes have now been covered but their elevation poses another problem: Raised manholes, which act as an unexpected speed bump on the roads and cause accidents, are a death trap, said numerous drivers, by Anup Ojha (kp 31/01/2020)

Traffic Police have made lane discipline more stringent, but only 33 percent of roads in Kathmandu have road markings: On average, the traffic police books 200 lane violators every day in the capital, by Anup Ojha (kp 30/01/2020)

Shailung Construction was fined for project delay, but government body is unsure whether it should recover the fine amount: Shailung is being fined Rs150,000 per day since October for the delay of upgrade and expansion of Kamalbinayak-Nagarkot road, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/01/2020)

Tension flares after tipper kills youth: Curfew imposed to restore normalcy (ht 29/01/2020)

Road division offices are not getting issue-specific suggestions from procurement monitoring office: Procurement monitoring office says it lacks officials with technical background to address the concerns of road division offices, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/01/2020)

Criticism leads Department of Roads to restore 12 dysfunctional traffic lights, but no one is sure about their longevity: Traffic lights on the Capital's roads were dysfunctional almost throughout the past year, by Anup Ojha (kp 27/01/2020)

Speeding drivers causing road accidents in Mahendranagar: Thirteen people have died in 31 road accidents in the first six months of the current fiscal year, according to the data of the District Traffic Police Office in Kanchanpur, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 26/01/2020)

Gorkha-Barpak road awaits blacktopping (rep 26/01/2020)

Locals face hardship as road project in Janakpur keeps missing deadline: The Postal Highway Directorate is once again set to extend the project deadline by a year, by Santosh Singh (kp 26/01/2020)

Govt decides to retract Rs 3bn from Sajha Yatayat (ht 24/01/2020)

Lalitpur needs to live up to its promises on promoting cycling: The city has promised to change urban mobility for the better, but implementation has been lacking still (kp 24/01/2020)

Nepal Cycle Society awaits approval and implementation of new cycle law in Lalitpur: City mayor assures that the law will be passed at any cost, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/01/2020)

Bagmati Province to operate electric buses by mid-May: Province to procure vehicles itself, after an agreement between the government and Sajha Yatayat Co-operative fell apart over share issues, by Subash Bidari (kp 23/01/2020)

New fast track in Eastern Nepal cuts short distance by almost half, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 23/01/2020)

7 killed, 35 injured in truck accident (ht 22/01/2020)

Province 1 government opposes Centre’s move to build roads in state: Provincial, local governments say the federal government’s guideline regarding the construction of connecting road infrastructure infringes upon their rights, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 21/01/2020)

Opening of track linking Taplejung headquarters to China border point elates locals: For the track to reach the Nepal-China border point, the construction company still needs to cut a passage through a nearly one-kilometre rocky cliff face, by Anand Gautam (kp 20/01/2020)

Time-card system introduced in Jhapa to control road accidents: The traffic office has set up its desks in Kakadbhitta, Birtamod and Damak to issue and check time-cards, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 20/01/2020)

Urban Road Standard gathers dust at Cabinet for five months, by Umesh Poudel (ht 20/01/2020)

Humla connected by road network (rep 20/01/2020)

Too many vehicles, too short road: Until the dichotomy between the number of vehicles and the size of road is bridged, traffic congestion will haunt us as a nightmare, by Thaneshwor Chalise (rep 19/01/2020)

A municipality in Khotang has two bus parks but they are never occupied: Haphazard parking in the market area has increased the risk of accidents because of congestion, locals say, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 18/01/2020)

Road safety awareness drive launched for jaywalkers, but people complain of faded zebra crossings: Traffic police have given awareness classes to more than 1,900 jaywalkers over three days, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/01/2020)

Poor roads the main reason for road accidents in Salyan, police say: According to police data, road accidents in the district have risen by three-fold in three years, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 17/01/2020)

Road linking bridge over Mechi River yet to be built (ht 16/01/2020)

A remote village in Musikot connected to road network 17 years since construction started: With direct motorable access to nearby markets, villagers hope for development to take off, by Hari Gautam (kp 14/01/2020)

KMC divided over removing parking lot from Khula Manch (ht 14/01/2020)

Govt tells 18 fuel stations to relocate to safer spots (rep 14/01/2020)

Pedestrians have no space on narrow, overcrowded Okhaldhunga roads, by Sher Bahadur Jero (rep 14/01/2020)

Six-lane Birgunj-Pathlaiya road to be ready by mid-July (rep 14/01/2020)

Over four years since government decision to replace tuins, they are still in use over Mahakali River: Tuins are still in operation at seven places in Byas Rural Municipality, by Manoj Badu (kp 13/01/2020)

A year after handover of Kalanki-Koteshwor road, the eight-lane expressway still lacks safety infrastructure: Forty-five people have died and 769 others have been injured on the road in the past 19 months, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/01/2020)

Construction of Madan Bhandari Highway via Chure worsens the fragile zone, a report says: The 1200-km under construction highway, which will traverse the Chure range, fails to consider the region’s geology and possible environmental damage, including serious impacts on the ecology and people of Tarai, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/01/2020)

One more thing the state has a problem with: truck poetry: The Department of Transport Management has outlawed the quirky verses on the backs of public vehicles, saying they cause distractions and road accidents, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 06/01/2020), Truck literature must survive—and thrive: The government wants to scuttle voices that puncture its narrative of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis', by Dinesh Kafle (kp 06/01/2020)

Safety barriers helped reduce number of accidents on Karnali Highway: Police data: The Road Sector Development Project of the World Bank had helped the department to construct road safety barriers as a pilot project, by Tularam Pandey (kp 06/01/2020)

Traffic police to constitute task force to monitor public transport anomalies: Every day, personnel will be deployed in plain clothes to monitor wrongdoings by public vehicle operators, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/01/2020)

Heavy snowfall disrupts road transportation (ht 05/01/2020), Snowfall obstructs highway, scores of passengers stranded (rep 05/01/2020)

A village in Rukum (West) are bringing road connectivity to their homes: The locals of Umakhola village are opening a road track using traditional tools and equipment, by Hari Gautam (03/01/2020)

Govt decides to initiate second phase of Ring Road expansion drive (ht 03/01/2020)

Four persons die, four injured, one missing in Bajura jeep plunge (ht 03/01/2020)

Department of Roads gears up to initiate Butwal-Palpa tunnel project: The planned 1.3-kilometre tunnel will have double lanes with a width of 8.5 metres and a sidewalk, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 02/01/2020)

Tokha-Rasuwagadi road: Chinese technical team starts preliminary study (hr 92/01/2020)

Locals worry homes will be inundated due to expansion of Ghinaghat-Biratchok road: The Province 1 government has been expanding 22.7 km of the road into four lanes with a design that doesn’t take into account the locals living along the road, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 01/01/2020)

Under-construction Madan Bhandari Highway draws flak, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 31/12/2019)

Four-lane road in Gaighat near completion, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 31/12/2019)

No mercy to the roads: So let’s define carrying capacity, by Shyam Sunder Kawan (ht 30/12/2019)

Shoddy repair work causes potholes to reappear along Nayabazar-Balaju road: Department of Roads claims more than 60 percent of potholes in Kathmandu Valley have been set right, by Anup Ojha (kp 27/12/2019)

Transport department plans tougher driving licence tests: The department is working with the traffic police division to amend the existing law, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/12/2019), Procuring driving licence could get tougher (ht 27/12/2019)

15,444 drivers, riders booked (ht 26/12/2019)

Construction of Madan Bhandari Highway delayed due to dispute: Residents of Salkot and Babiyachaur want the highway to be constructed near their settlements, by Jyoti Katuwal (kp 26/12/2019)

Over 70% drivers, conductors have high blood pressure: Bajura police (rep 26/12/2019)

Uncertainty in the construction of a bridge in Darchula: The bridge, upon completion, would have connected Mahakali Municipality to Dharchula in Pithoragarh, India, by Manoj Badu (kp 24/12/2019)

Two drivers arrested for unhealthy competition on road, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 24/12/2019)

Pappu gets permission to repair damaged Jabdighat bridge: The 435-metre long bridge over the Babai river had caved in even before it was handed over to the government authorities., by Kamal Pnthi (kp 23/12/2019)

Construction of strategic roads in Jajarkot going at a snail’s pace: Despite the roads being only partially built, the federal government had not allocated any budget to the road projects in the current fiscal year, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 22/12/2019)

Private cars drive taxis away from Bhaktapur: An estimated 400 private second-hand cars and vans are being operated in Dudhpati, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kamalbinayak, Thimi and Sallaghari, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/12/2019)

Mapping of road accident black spots ordered (ht 21/12/2019)

Will imposing odd-even vehicle rule reduce pollution? Two lawyers think so.: Urban engineers say the formula may not make a lot of difference and the state needs to think of long-term solutions to air pollution, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/12/2019)

Syaubari-Dhunche-Syaphru section of Pasang Lhamu Highway in dilapidated condition: The road section, which was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquakes, is riddled with potholes every few metres, by Balaram Ghimire (kp 18/12/2019)

Army hands over 30 km stretch of Kali Gandaki Corridor road to govt (rep 18/12/2019)

Woman dies after being hit by a car in the Capital: Police arrest the driver and a second man, both of whom were under the influence of alcohol, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 17/12/2019)

27,000 trees cut during fast track construction (ht 17/12/2019)

Dharan-Sindhuli-Hetauda road project slows down: According to project officials, around 75 percent of work along the Dharan-Sindhuli-Hetauda road has been completed so far, by Subash Bidari (kp 17/12/2019)

Continuous snowfall disrupts Martadi-Kolti road stretch in Bajura (ht 16/12/2019)

15 killed and 17 injured as passenger bus veers off a road in Sindhupalchok: Overspeeding and rash driving led to the accident, suspect police, by Anish Tiwari (kp 16/12/2019), Tough law needed: Road accidents can be minimised to some extent provided the bus owners and drivers are held accountable for the passengers’ safety (ht 17/12/2019)

Traffic Division to train over 100,000 school students and drivers on traffic rules: The division will launch a new drive from December 17, mobilising 133 traffic police personnel in all 44 units within Kathmandu Valley, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/12/2019)

There are roads in remote Dadeldhura, but none good enough for operation: Almost all local units have been building roads in the name of development, but vehicles cannot operate in most because they are often built without proper homework, by D.R. Pant (kp 15/12/2019)

Discipline the drivers (rep 15/12/2019)

Bailey bridge connects Khotang to eastern tarai (rep 15/12/2019)

Nepali and Chinese officials stress road connectivity to boost tourist arrivals from China: Nepal was able to attract a meagre 0.1 percent out of the total Chinese visiting abroad, by Prahlad Rijal ()kp 14/12/2019)

Govt to resume installing embossed number plates (ht 14/12/2019)

'Pokhara to get its first sky bridge by upcoming April', bny Sandesh Shrestha (rep 14/12/2019)

Narayangadh-Muglin road section to remain closed during noon (ht 12/12/2019)

DoTM starts printing smart driving permit through ‘mass printer’ (ht 12/12/2019), ‘Mass printer’ dysfunctional in less than a week after its launch (ht 14/12/2019), Transport department starts printing of driving licenses, by Sujita Pradhan (rep 16/12/2019)

Kathmandu proposes its own 3.1 km cycle lane after Lalitpur: Cyclists welcome City’s move, but say it’s waking up a bit too late in the day, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/12/2019)

Chapter of accidents: Heavy penalties are a must to strictly enforce the traffic rules for the safety of both passengers and pedestrians (ht 10/12/2019)

Dandapari, a remote part of Kavre, connected with road network: Road connectivity has brought comfort to the locals who once had to walk for days to reach the nearest market, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 10/12/2019)

Nepal Army scraps decision to select international consulting firms for Kathmandu-Tarai expressway: An internal probe finds evaluation criteria were leaked; with new bidding, the completion deadline has been pushed to May 2024, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/12/2019)

Construction of Narayangarh-Butwal road stalled (ht 10/12/2019)

Banke’s Kohalpur tense after a truck hits a studentProtesters set the vehicle on fire; police fire warning shots and lob tear gas shells, by Madhu Shahi (kp 09/12/2019), Kohalpur erupts for the second day after truck runs over girl: Protesters defied prohibitory orders to stand up against police brutality; authorities agree to a six-point agreement, pledging compensation and investigation, among others, by Madhu Shahi (kp 10/12/2019), Normalcy restored, prohibitory order still stands (ht 10/12/2019), Local admin to request govt for fair probe into Kohalpur incident, by Arjun Oli (rep 10/12/2019), Prohibitory order lifted in Kohalpur (ht 11/12/2019)

Battered roads and chaotic traffic: Pedestrians, public transportation, government vehicles, goods carriers and private vehicles, in that order, should get priority, by Shyam Sundar Kawan (kp 09/12/2019)

Design for expansion of Muglin-Sisne Khola road nearing completion: The 96-kilometre stretch will have crawler lanes and fast lanes for slow and high-speed vehicles, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 08/12/2019)

909 cabbies booked in a month for violating rules (ht 08/12/2019)

Residents of Nuwakot elated with the construction of Chhahare-Tokha tunnel: Nepal and China on October 13 had signed a memorandum of understanding under which China will help build two stretches of the road linking Kathmandu and Rasuwagadhi, by Krishna Thapa (kp 6/12/2019)

PMO forms rapid taskforce to address road problems (ht 06/2/2019)

Directive to cover potholes: Yet another deja vu, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 05/12/2019)

Road safety must be a priority to end needless deaths: Making the streets safer for pedestrians and drivers should be a major policy priority (kp 04/12/2019)

14 killed in Baglung jeep accident; 3 injured airlifted to Kathmandu (ht 04/12/2019)

Ridesharing apps solved out travel woes. But the government is not convinced: The government should adapt to changing times and accept app-based ridesharing services, by Manish Raj Kharel (kp 01/12/2019)

Lalitpur Metropolitan City inaugurates first bike lane in the Valley: The city is working to promulgate New Cycle Law 2020 to guarantee cycling is the safest mode of transport in the metropolis, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/12/2019)

Gridlock fears grip Valley residents as Kathmandu gears up for South Asian Games: The organisers of the Games have promised a mega show, but for many on the streets, the event could end up being more of a hassle, by Suman Malla (kp 01/12/2019)

Encroachment along Chandranigahpur road section continues unabated: The highway and sidewalks are still peppered with food and vegetable stalls, by Shiva Puri (kp 01/12/2019)

After public shaming, road authority warns contractors to rush remaining work: Of the 17 road contracts awarded under the second phase of line of credit, work has only been completed on five projects, according to officials, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/11/2019)

Construction of 'Asia's longest suspension bridge' in final stage, by Sangam Gharti Magar (rep 30/11/2019)

For long-haul drivers, long hours on the road and no help in case of accidents: Though stipulated by law, injured drivers and the kin of the deceased rarely receive any financial assistance from their employers or the government, by Parbat Portel and Samuel Chhetri (kp 29/11/2019)

19 dead after bus falls off a cliff in Arghakhanchi: A dozen more were injured after the bus plunged 500 meters down the road, by Birendra KC (kp 28/11/2019)

Construction of the Tinau corridor starts, but conservationists decry the move: A total of Rs450 million has been allocated for the corridor in the current fiscal year, by Amrita Anmol (kp 26/11/2019)

Construction of Postal Highway's Birgunj-Kalaiya-Bariyarpur stretch picks up pace, by Upendra Yadav (rep 26/11/2019)

Legal side of infrastructure: Is Nepal ready to tackle the legal issues related to tunnels and underground infrastructures?, by Bipin Adhikari and Bidushi Adhikari (rep 26/11/2019)

Gokuleshwor-Khalanga road still remains neglected: The construction of the road stretch started under the Panchayat government. However, the track is yet to be completed, by Manoj Badu (kp 25/11/2019)

Police yet to identify culprit in hit-and-run that claimed doctor’s life (ht 25/11/2019), Baneshwor hit-and-run suspect arrested (ht 27/11/2019)

Department of Transport opens up avenue for e-taxis: New guidelines will facilitate the operation of e-taxis, which should be sedans with a 40-kilowatt motor and a lithium-ion battery, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/11/2019)

Locals of Susta using boats to cross Narayani River since ages due to lack of bridge, by Rekha Bhusal (kp 24/11/2019)

All roads in Birendranagar, the capital of Karnali province, in poor condition: Most of the roads in the city are unmotorable—causing inconvenience for vehicles and pedestrians alike, by Chandani Khatayat (kp 23/11/2019)

Triyuga-Gaighat road to be upgraded within three months, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 23/11/2019)

Locals enraged over snail-paced road construction, by Binod Subedi (rep 23/11/2019)

Government issues a second notice asking to stop ride-sharing services: Operators call it a ridiculous move, saying the government is fearful of technology, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/11/2019), The government should encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, not stifle it: Ride-sharing is here to stay, and laws will make the operators more responsible (kp 22/11/2019), Govt steps up crackdown on Tootle, Pathao, by Umesh Poudel (ht 25/11/2019), Govt backs down over ride-sharing ban after public backlash, by Sujeeta Pradhan (rep 27/11/2019)

Shopkeepers of Chabahil halt vehicular movement (ht 21/11/2019) [Criminal neglect by an incompetent government!]

Surkhet-Jumla road section of Karnali Highway in dilapidated condition: The road section was last paved in May 2012, and in just seven years, it is riddled with potholes and cracks, by LP Devkota (kp 21/11/2019)

Biratnagar locals protest delay in road construction (ht 20/11/2019)

Electric vehicles likely to replace tempos, micro-buses (ht 19/11/2019)

Road department bars subordinate bodies from preparing bid package over Rs500 million: The move is aimed at stopping collusion among builders and checking the mobilisation cost, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/11/2019)

345 bikers detained in a single day (ht 18/11/2019)

Nepal’s first, and forgotten, tunnel: 102 years later, the country has finally understood the advantage of highway tunnels to cut travel time, by Gopal Gartaula (nt 15/11/2019)

For elderly visitors to Swayambhunath, even crossing the road is a hazard: Elderly worshippers, who visit Swayambhu every day for the kora, fear that expansion will only make the Ring Road section more dangerous, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/11/2019)

Electricity poles stand in the middle of the road in Sarlahi: The notorious Pappu Construction is the contractor for the project, and has used substandard materials for the construction as well, say locals, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 15/11/2019)

Forest ministry allows cutting 46,294 trees to expand Butwal-Narayangadh section: The expansion work was on hold over the issue of cutting trees, by Narayan Sharma (kp 14/11/2019)

Birtamod–Bhadrapur road project : 25 percent work finished, deadline two months away, by Yubaraj Bibash (rep 14/11/2019)

Enraged locals slam contractor for dilly-dallying in expanding Bhaktapur-Nagarkot road, by Krishana KC (rep 14/11/2019)

Local units in Jajarkot prioritise road construction over other sectors: Genuine and sensitive issues are being ignored because most local units equate development with roads, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 13/11/2019)

Babai bridge damaged due to careless construction nearby: The Bridge Division has been constructing a new two-lane bridge alongside an old one to connect Gulariya with the rest of the district, by Kamal Panthi (kp 13/11/2019)

Lalitpur Metropolitan City to start construction of 4.7 km cycle lane from next week: Nepal Cycle Society estimates there are over 150,000 cyclists in the Valley, and it expects the numbers to go significantly higher if more infrastructure are added, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/11/2019), Lalitpur’s plan to make the city cycle-friendly should be lauded: But, as always, how the project is implemented is important (kp 12/11/2019)

Dusty roads make life difficult for the residents of Salyan: Though the Division Road Office allocates millions of rupees for road repair work every year, the roads in the district are in dire conditions, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 12/11/2019)

Madan Bhandari Highway: Gaighat Bazaar section to be 25-meter wide (rep 12/11/2019)

538 people died in 4,657 road accidents in the last three and a half months (rep 10/11/2019)

Traffic division gives 15-day ultimatum to truck drivers to implement new rules: With seven killed and 146 injured in the past three months, traffic police ask drivers and owners to make necessary changes to the trucks’ bodies, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/11/2019)

Construction of bridges bring respite to the locals in Province 5, by Binod Ghimire (rep 10/11/2019)

Bridge over Trishuli River in limbo (ht 10/11/2019)

Construction of Pushpalal Mid-hill Highway hit (ht 10/11/2019), Put highway on track: Since the highway is to be the lifeline of the mid-hills, the government must pay due attention to its early completion (ht 11/11/2019)

Just four months into repair, the Sindhuli section of the BP Highway is already riddled with potholes: Immense traffic, especially of heavy goods carriers, has taken a toll on the recently repaired road, road authorities say, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 09/11/2019)

Locals living around Urlabari-Rabi road section suffer from health complications caused by dust pollution: The road has been under construction for the last seven years with no sign of completion, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 09/11/2019)

Traffic police warn against reckless driving (ht 09/11/2019)

Road expansion work along Butwal-Narayangadh begins: Upgradation work has been delayed over the issue of felling trees along the roadsides, by Narayan Sharma (kp 07/11/2019)

Second phase of Ring Road expansion from January (ht 06/11/2019)

Main contractor out of contact, construction in limbo, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 06/11/2019)

Blacktopping of Diktel-Halesi road completed (rep 06/11/2019)

In Myagdi, rural roads turn into “death zones” for locals: A total of 100 people have been killed in dozens of accidents in the district since 2008, according to data provided by District Police Office, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 05/11/2019)

Road fatalities in Nepal: When will it end? (rep 05/11/2018)

At least 17 people killed as bus falls into Sunkoshi River in Sindhupalchok: Search and rescue operation will be carried out throughout the night, say police, by Anish Tiwari )kp 04/11/2019), Entire Shailung rural municipality in mourning, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 05/11/2019), Sonam Tamang: The man who saved dozens of lives, by Dhurba Dangal (rep 06/11/2019)

Construction of Dharan-Chatara-Sindhuli-Hetauda road in final stage, by Anil Bhandari (rep 05/11/2019)

Four major motorable bridges in Dang completed before set deadline: The bridges are between 200 metres and 860 metres long and the construction works have been completed seven months to one year ahead of the deadline, by Durgalal KC (kp 04/11/2019)

Upgradation work along Okhaldhunga-Rumjatar finally gathers momentum: Authorities say they will fine contractors Rs 90,000 per day if they don't deliver on time, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 03/11/2019)

60pc Midhill Highway in west sector completed, kp 03/11/2019)

Construction of the Bahane-Syaulibang road started 21 years ago but it’s still incomplete: Lack of enough budget, misappropriation of funds, ineffective use of allocated budget, disputes regarding road alignment are the main causes behind the delay of the road project, by Giru Prasad Bhandari (kp 02/11/2019)

Festive season road accidents in Valley rising, traffic data show: Traffic police says drink-driving and speeding are main causes of road accidents, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/11/2019)

Pokhara-Muglin highway to be widened to four lanes: The $254 million project is expected to be completed in 2025, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/11/2019)

Electric lights to be installed along Belahiya-Butwal road, by Mohammad Habib (rep 01/11/2019)

Local units in Baglung prioritise constructing foot trails to promote tourism: The local government aims to promote the already-existing foot trails and explore new ones keeping tourism in mind, by Prakash Baral (kp 01/11/2019)

Nepal's second longest bridge construction completes (ht 31/10/2019)

Traffic division starts training programme for drivers from Singha Durbar to cut down on traffic rule violations: Traffic Police gives training to 35 drivers of Home Ministry and would train other officers after Tihar, by Anup Ojha (kp 28/10/2019)

Pantapara villagers suffer for lack of bridge over the Biring river: Villagers blame the construction company for the delay in the bridge’s completion, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 27/10/2019)

Department of Transport Management: New mechanism to determine public transport fare in offing (ht 26/10/2019)

Access to road brings prosperity to a village in Surkhet, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 26/10/2019)

Construction of bridge over Bhotikhola River starts (rep 26/10/2019)

Electric vehicles are the future of mobility, but is Nepal ready? Electric vehicles could combat air pollution and reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil, but there’s still room for more effective policies and support infrastructure, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 26/10/2019)

China to upgrade dirt track that connects Tiptala Bhanjyang and Olangchungola: The Chinese government has allocated Rs 960 million for the upgradation of the road in Taplejung, by Ananda Gautam (kp 23/10/2019)

Oli inaugurates construction work of Nagdhunga tunnel: The proposed tunnel will be 2.45 km long and have two 3.5-metre lanes, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 22/10/2019), Construction of Nagdhunga-Naubise tunnel road project commences (ht 22/10/2019), Nagdhunga-Naubise tunnel road to be completed in 42 months, by Muna Sunuwar (rep 22/10/2019)

Smart driving license backlog piles up as mass printer remains unutilized, by Sujeeta Pradhan (rep 22/10/2019)

Sajha e-bus procurement process put on hold over slow progress: The cooperative transport company, however, says it took time to set up a multi-stakeholder committee and prepare bidding documents, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/10/2019), Purchase of 300 electric buses halted (ht 21/10/2019), What's holding up the buses? The procurement process should be sped up, not stopped (22/10/2019), Govt blocks purchase of 300 electric buses by Sajha over specifications row, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 22/10/2019)

Mid-Hill Highway section gets bogged down in confusing rule: Since the criterion hasn't been published in the gazette, old rule determining the margins is in effect, officials say, by Prakash Baral (kp 21/10/2019)

Upgradation of Naubise-Nagdhunga road completed, by Sarita Shrestha (kp 19/10/2019), Nagdhunga-Naubise tunnel: Construction to begin tomorrow (ht 20/10/2019)

Police blame mushrooming party palaces with insufficient parking for traffic woes: Division office writes to city office and the district administration to set criteria and monitor mushrooming banquet halls, by Anup Ojha (kp 19/10/2019)

Second phase of ring road expansion from Kalanki to Maharajgung likely to start in the new year: Department of Roads expects to clear road section of trees and electric poles within the next two months, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/10/2019)

Govt to expand Thankot-Mugling road (ht 18/10/2019)

Tree issue puts Butwal-Narayangadh road expansion on hold: A fresh assessment before project’s launch showed the number of trees to be cut at 50,352, up from 9,027, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp 17/10/2019)

Koshi Corridor: New hopes for north-south highway, by Rohit Rai (rep 17/10/2019)

Kandra Bridge not built even in eight years, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal and Puspalal Joshi (rep 17/10/2019)

Road department rejects the recommendation for load test on Rs200 million bridge built by Pappu Construction in Teku: The dispute between the department and the contractor erupted after the department refused to accept the bridge, terming the structure as substandard, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/10/2019)

Passengers rarely report taxi drivers for overcharging, traffic police say: Most cabbies in Kathmandu refuse to go by taximeters and set their own fares, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 16/10/2019)