The road from city hall to Padmodaya school turn remains closed for traffic since the past week, causing great inconvenience for travelers.

The shutdown of the one the major roadway in the capital is also reportedly causing traffic congestion in the valley. The road remains closed for traffic as the city hall is the office of the chief returning officer for Kathmandu Metropolitan City, where the vote counting is taking place.
Given the pace of the counting so far, it seems the traffic on the road will remain affected for another week.

Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Metropolitan Traffic Division Ramshah Path Senior Superintendent of Police Lokendra Malla said that the road was shut following orders from ‘higher authority’.
However, spokesperson of the Home Ministry Bal Krishna Panthi said the Ministry had not issued the directive to close the road for traffic.

Travelers feel hard done by as a result of the road closure as the area does not seem to attract a huge crowd, most probably due to regular updates now available in the social media with many television stations also transmitting the counting of votes live. “The crowd is only when there is a victory rally by any party securing a win in any ward of the KMC, hence there is no need to bring the road to a complete shutdown,” says local Shyam Sundar Shrestha.

Counting of votes has been taking place since the night of May 14 when the first phase of local level elections took place. Though the counting is taking place in 13 different groups, it is likely to take a week more for the counting to come to a close. RSS

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