Looking for a sidewalk in Kathmandu? The road ate!

You may have wondered how wide the sidewalk (pedestrian path) is when passing through the eastern wall of the administrative center of the country, Singha Durbar.

The metropolis wants to increase greenery by planting trees on the same sidewalk. 

At a place north of Hanumansthan there is a wall called Quineto where there is no sidewalk.

The sidewalk in front of New Plaza disappears as you walk towards the Phedifaid Putali Road of the North Wall of Singha Durbar. If you walk along the road with the vehicle, you will find a sidewalk equal to it and you will reach Putali Road. When you turn south, you see a sidewalk with little satisfaction.

He has walked between Gaushala Chowk and Chabahil Chowk and walking alone on the sidewalk on the west side is not very popular. The situation on the east side is not fast either.

Walking alone with two friends on the sidewalks on both sides of the New Road, considered to be the bustling market of the capital Kathmandu, is a matter of imagination, even walking alone.

 Rarely do people walk on the sidewalk in front of the clock tower? If you have to walk a little faster, there is not much on the road. The sidewalk at the foot of the wall of Durbar High School is also annoying.

The sky bridge makes it difficult to find a place to take the sidewalk. Look at the sidewalk towards Jame Masjid under the huge sky bridge of Ratna Park or look under the steps of the bridge in front of Veer Hospital, either cross the sidewalk by climbing or climb the bridge.

Standing on the bridge in front of the Department of Archeology to the north of Maitighar Mandal, looking at the sidewalk, one has to think for a moment about where to go next. Appropriate limited illustrations show the condition of sidewalks in some prominent places in the federal capital Kathmandu.
After all, why are pedestrians made so helpless!

According to infrastructure expert Surya Raj Acharya, in the past, when the city was being developed, the area that should have been occupied for roads did not happen. He says, “If the road had been constructed in a planned manner since the Panchayat period and covered 50 to 100 meters of road area, there would have been ample space. Now there would be no problem.”

Acharya said that the road area and sidewalks could not be widened as the area of ​​the road was very small and the planners and engineers gave priority to driving only the road. He said, “The main roads should have been 12 to 14 lanes. There are four lanes here, but not much.”

Pedestrians on the road are not a priority, they have been made helpless. Vehicles are more priority. By widening the road from two lanes to four lanes, the sidewalk did not widen, at most it remained the same but narrowed even more. Acharya says, “Roads are widened due to the deteriorating priority but the sidewalks remain the same.”

In some places, there are electricity poles in the middle of narrow sidewalks. When there is a double movement of pedestrians, one-way passengers are forced to descend on the road.

It is getting narrower, except for the limited space, the other quality of the sidewalk is also annoying. There are holes. It’s rugged. It is broken.

Acharya says, ‘Our sidewalks are not properly managed. Somewhere the stairs of the house are on the sidewalk. ‘ According to him, Kathmandu is a city with a natural environment conducive to pedestrians but our plan did not understand the importance of sidewalks. Pedestrians were not a priority in road planning. He says, “The city should be good not only for vehicles but also for the health of the people.”

No criteria

According to the Road Division Office, Kathmandu, there is no concrete standard that the pavement should be like this, it should be built according to the available land.

Kuber Nepali, head of the office, said that work is underway to improve sidewalks in Thapathali, Durbar Marg, Lanchaur, Thamel, Tinkune, and Tilganga.

“We have been making the old sidewalks disability-friendly and artistic along with the road markings since the ban was introduced,” he said.

Health standards for controlling coronavirus infection include maintaining a distance of two meters. Maintaining such distance on the sidewalks of Kathmandu is not possible in practice except under the direction.

In a very old urban area, this is what happened according to the system of the time.