Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kalanki Underpass closed for a week to complete construction work

Kathmandu, August 22

The much hyped Kalanki Underpass in Kathmandu has been closed a week after authorities allowed vehicular movement on the newly built structure.

The Ring Road Improvement Project closed the underpass for traffic on Wednesday morning, Kalanki Police Inspector Bimal Thapa told Onlinekhabar. “The underpass was opened only for a few days to test how vehicles move about,” he added. “There is still some construction work that needs to be carried out for the underpass to become fully functional,” explained Thapa.

Project officials say the underpass, which had eased traffic on the Ring Road, will be re-opened after a week.  After its closure, a long line of vehicles has been seen in the area.

Construction work for the 800-m pass began in 2016.  Although the initial target was to finish the project in six months, it took the builders two years to complete it.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kalimati Vegetable Market reopens with limited stock

Kathmandu, August 22

Kathmandu’s main vegetable market in Kalimati reopened on Wednesday, two days after sellers ‘detained’ government officials monitoring the price and quality of vegetables.

The market reopned after vegetable sellers called off their agitation against ‘government interference’, late on Tuesday. “We are operating with limited stock as farmers only learnt about the withdrawl of protest late on Tuesday,” said Khum Prasad Ghimire, president of Nepal Vegetables and Fruits Sellers Federation.

He said that on a normal day, around 500 tonnes of vegetables would be brought to the valley. However, on Wednesday, only 400 tonnes vegetables made its way to the city.

Meanwhile, the price of vegetables has gone down slightly following government inspection on Monday. Okra, which was priced at Rs 58 per kilo, is now being sold at Rs 52. Similarly, mushroom, which was being sold at Rs 135, is now being sold at Rs 125. The prices of lime and pomogreantes have also been revised.

The prices of tomatoes, cabbage and squash, however, have registered an increment.

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