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28 places in quake-hit Kathmandu declared no-go zones

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kathmandu, May 22: With life limping back to normalcy and traffic resuming on the streets following the devastating April 25 earthquake and its aftermath, Nepal Police have declared several road stretches in the Kathmandu Valley no-go zones to prevent any untoward incidents, keeping in mind the vulnerability of roadside houses and other structures. These include some important heritage sites, risk-bearing areas where cracked and damaged buildings pose a threat and places where cracked buildings were in the process of being demolished. The police have barred plying of both light and heavy vehicles at 28 places in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts in the valley. This was expected to affect transportation besides causing difficulties to the people. According to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD), it has prohibited vehicular movement in places where houses and buildings have tilted — sideways or towards the front — after the massive earthquake of April 25 and subsequent aftershocks. “Several houses or buildings along the roads are structurally unsafe and could cave in at any time amid constant aftershocks. It is wise to prohibit vehicular movement until structures on the verge of collapse are demolished. Letting vehicles ply on the road may heighten the risk of structural collapse,” a police statement said. (IANS)

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