Traffic congestion in the Kathmandu Valley is not a result of poor management but caused by too many vehicles, says a government report. With over 154,700 registered vehicles, there's just enough space for every one of them. So much so, that if all the vehicles were to be lined up on the 740
kilometres of road there is in the Valley, there would not be enough standing room for all.
A government task force formed to assess the carrying capacity of Kathmandu Valley roads has recommended that registrations of small vehicles be stopped for plying on routes within the Ring Road, which it says can carry just 28,000
One way to make the roads less crowded would be to phase out old vehicles, Surendra Hamal, Minister of State for Labour and Transport Management said at a press conference last week. However, one direct impact of the government report could be the cessation of registration of electric run three wheelers for public transport.