Student volunteering helping cops manage traffic in Kathmandu streets



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Kathmandu, May 25: One may wonder what has driven the children volunteering in the Kathmandu streets to help manage traffic system.

They are volunteering as part of their extra-curricular activities. Moreover their volunteering has helped traffic police a lot to address the complaints to some extent that there are difficulties in managing traffic system for want of manpower in the capital city.

Students from various Valley-based schools and colleges are volunteering in the streets at least three to four hours a day. They help traffic cops to deal with traffic congestion and manage traffic.
Arik Basnet, who is pursuing his Bachelor's at Golden Gate College, spends at least three hours in Kathmandu streets, helping manage the road traffic.

"I as a student of social service stream have to carry out social work. However, traffic police are facing difficulty to manage the heavy traffic due to paucity of human resources and we are lending a hand," he said.

But the volunteers have their own plights to share. Some pedestrians and drivers dismiss them as nothing in terms of obeying traffic rules and regulations.

"Some drivers and pedestrians take us as merely volunteers but not beyond it as a part of helping implement traffic rules," said Rakshya Rijal from Golden Gate College.

The trend of volunteering in the Kathmandu streets is encouraging others to join in however. Some of the valley-based colleges send their students to volunteer in the streets as part of their practical examinations.

The colleges and schools that send their children to volunteer include St. Joseph's, St Xavier's, Lincoln, Orient, Morgan International, Brilliant and Baneshwor.

In the fiscal year 2016/17, a total of 2500 students volunteered, said inspector Bal Krishna Pokharel. "The number of student volunteers is increasing," he said.

The number of traffic police dealing with traffic in Kathmandu streets is 1,300 against the approximately whopping 1.1 million vehicles, according to the Department of Transport Management. RSS