Nepal government permits businesspersons to use public road as private asset
Mobile dealers ban the Pako portion of public road for several hours
Mobile dealers with showrooms at New Road in Kathmandu on Tuesday have banned public road there in the name of Pako Mobile Festival. No vehicles are allowed to use that road. Youth volunteers standing on the road said that even pedestrians will not be allowed to use the road in the evening as temporary walls will be erected on two ends of the portion of the road (known as Pako) to conduct a pop-rock musical concert.
The government has deployed dozens of security personnel for the purpose.
Vehicle owners expressed the view that it is an example of statelessness because a few businessmen have used the public road as their private property with full consent and cooperation from the government.
Ordinary passers-by said there was no government for ordinary people because it permits money mongers to use the public road as a business capital while banning people to pass through it as usual.
One Chinese tourist Mei Biang expressed her surprise that the Nepal government allows businesspersons to use the public road totally as their private property by banning the vehicles and passers-by.
Before this too, business companies, with the full permission of the government, have misused the public roads in various vital spots of the Kathmandu Metropolis solely for their commercial purposes.
No human rights and legal advocates, including political organizations, have made any objection to the human rights violation against people's right to access and mobility.
Nepal's politicians and public authorities have been ill-ranked as one of the most corrupt in the world. The Transparency International 2010 report has listed Nepal as one of the few most corrupt countries in the globe.
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