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Urban Ministry prepares to resubmit Ishaan Smart City proposal to cabinet (rep 13/05/2024)

‘Development’ putting communal living in danger : As open spaces in the valley are slowly being encroached, people are deprived of chances to live communally, to rejuvenate mentally and to have a safe space when disaster strikes, by Anish Ghimire (kp 05/05/2024)

Open Space For Quality Of Life, by Britti Aryal (rn 19/04/2024)

Making Kathmandu cleaner, greener, healthier, by Saurya Pandey (18/03/2024)

Nepal is not a country of villages anymore : New publication says the rural-urban divide is blurring as the two feed on each other, by Chaitanya Mishra (nt 26/01/2024)

Save villages, save Nepal : Time has come to think of viable ways to lure people back into our villages (kp 19/01/2024)

The urban village model’s promise : Amid the ever-changing urban landscape, there is a way to embrace nature and the warmth of community, by Avani Adhikari (kp 07/01/2024)

Urban population increases by five per cent: Report (kh 02/01/2024)

Why Kathmandu is visibly cleaner : Several measures taken under Mayor Balendra Shah’s directive are starting to bear fruit, by Arjun Poudel (kp 17/12/2023), What kind of Kathmandu? For Mayor Shah, crafting an eco-friendly and equitable melting pot of people and ideas is a more worthy goal to aspire to (kp 18/12/2023)

Kathmandu: A vision for a 24/7 metropolis, by Kunga Hyolmo (kh 09/12/2023)

Nepal’s urban development: How to finance urban climate smart investment? Nepal’s deficiencies lie in receiving loans, grants, technical assistance, and other forms of support to help urban infrastructure investment, by Rudra Prasad Ghimire (nlt 05/12/2023)

Urbanization, Investments and Economy, by Ashesh Shrestha (rep 26/11/2023)

Pokhara metropolis and KOICA sign a deal to establish GVZ (rep 15/09/2023)

For a smart and sustainable city : It involves balancing the needs of people and the environment while maximising data utilisation and technology, by Rojan Baniya (kp 03/09/2023)

Govt allocates only Rs 2.4 billion in FY 2023/24 for New Town Project, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 20/06/2023)

Livability of Kathmandu Valley: From Heaven in the past to a virtual hell now, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 20/06/2023)

Urbanisation And Land Transition In Nepal, by Asmita Khanal (rn 28/04/2023)

Cost of living in a big city : Unplanned urbanisation and lack of affordable housing have made Nepal's urban centres uninhabitable, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 25/11/2022)

Ditch the hammer, Balen : The goal is to balance the interests of those involved in these informal trade with pedestrian comfort (kp 25/10/2022)

Nepal’s urban population reaches 66 percent : According to the World Cities Report, 2022 published by UN-Habitat this month, the urbanization process was found rapidly increasing in developed countries. Almost 79 percent of the population resides in urban areas in such countries (nlt 17/10/2022), Urban population on the rise : Reports (kh 17/10/2022)

Metropolitan dreams of Nepal : A prudent and creative spirit should guide the metropolitan spirit of construction, by Abhi Subedi (kp 25/09/2022)

Encroachment of Tukucha rivulet : Disregard of riverine ambience, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 20/09/2022)

KMC demolishing unauthorized structures in Sorakhutte area (rep 14/09/2022)

KMC demolishes unauthorized structures at Machhapokhari (rep 12/09/2022)

KMC starts removing structures illegal structures built in Pashupati area (rep 09/09/2022)

Support KMC regeneration campaign : Shah does not have a strong political backing hence Kathmandu residents and civil society should hold him up (ae 08/09/2022)

KMC urges people to pass house design within 90 days (kh 08/09/2022)

Mayor Shah’s demolition drive draws cheers, but concerns too : Small shop and business holders in Kathmandu Metropolitan City say they were not notified about the action in advance and they have nowhere to go now, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/09/2022)

In a new drive, Kathmandu Metropolitan City is removing digital hoarding boards : Urban planners and heritage activists welcome the move, saying visual pollutants must be cleared to keep the city clean, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/09/2022)

Demolition of illegally constructed buildings: A step in the right direction, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 30/08/2022)

KMC gives 24-hour ultimatum to vacate Suraj Arcade basement shops in New Road (kh 29/08/2022)

Kathmandu Metropolis bulldozes illegal structures in front of Kathmandu Mall (nlt 24/08/2022), Kathmandu Metropolitan City intensifies bulldozing illegal structures : On Wednesday, the KMC bulldozed illegal structures in front of Kathmandu Mall, RB Complex and London Pub. The KMC is continuing its drive to clear illegal structures (nlt 24/08/2022), “KMC will continue to demolish illegal structures” (kh 25/08/2022), Metropolis bulldozes Alphabeta's illegal structure (rep 25/08/2022), Mayor praised for launching demolition drive : City officials say if all basements are cleared of illegal businesses then much of the parking problem will be solved, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/08/2022), On third day of its demolition drive, KMC clears passport office basement : After the City vacated the basement Friday, the office published a notice saying the basement will be used as a parking lot from Sunday onwards, by Anup Ojha (kp 27/08/2022), Demolishing illegally-built structures KMC’s rights: Mayor Balen (kh 28/08/2022)

Valley authority’s move to plant saplings on narrow footpaths draws flak : Development authority aims to ‘beautify’ the city by planting saplings on footpaths. Pedestrians and urban planners say that doesn’t make sense, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/08/2022)

Kathmandu: Confronting to Restore Lost Paradise, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (kp 28/07/2022)

Squatter settlements in Kathmandu : The monsoon’s drenched splendour has its own appeal, but not to squatters. For them, every monsoon is a nightmare (nlt 16/07/2022) [in pics]

Increasing concrete cover in Valley causing more urban floods : Experts for building infiltrating ponds to avert flood disasters and recharge groundwater, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 20/05/2022)

High-rise buildings on the rise in Valley (in pics) (nlt 09/04/2022)

Recommendation to free 44,000 ropanis of land for new cities in Kathmandu (rep 25/03/2022)

Where are Kathmandu’s trees? But trees are important to make a city livable. Not only do trees make any space aesthetically pleasing, they also help regulate urban heat and are great filters for pollutant, by Cilla Khatry (ae 17/02/2022)

City beautification: Govt delay to release funds affects work, say authorities (kp 08/01/2015)
Documents / Websites

National Urban Development Strategy, 2017, by Government of Nepal, Ministry of Urban Development Urban Development and Physical Planning Division

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