A cleaner, greener Nepal

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Jul 312012

Electric vehicles play a vital role in boosting the national economy by using locally produced hydropower and minimizing air pollution as well as mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.

This article by Manjeet Dhakal was published on MYREPUBLICA on 31 July, 2012

In a bid to promote clean technology in the country, Nepal has more than 700 electric vehicles (Safa tempos) running in the valley—a commendable effort to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. Safa tempos are best driven for short distances and at relatively slow speeds, all of which suits the natural topography of Kathmandu valley. These green machines, which are mostly operated by women drivers, hold a lot of potential for the country’s economy and can tap Nepal’s massive hydropower potential to create a regional energy grid that contributes Continue reading »

Expensive dreams

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Jul 292012

This article by Prashanta Khanal was published on The Kathmandu Post on July 29, 2012

Recently, a Korean company was selected to carry out a feasibility study of the much-hyped metro train project in Kathmandu Valley. Around Rs. 70 million is being spent to carry out a study of 75 km of underground and elevated track.
Metro trains are popular options and carry a large volume of passengers at a time, but they are expensive to build and operate. This is why cities in developing countries are unable or reluctant to invest in a metro system.
Most of the metro systems around the world are highly subsidised by the government. If the operational costs weren’t subsidised, a majority of Continue reading »

Waiting to exhale

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Jul 012012

The Vehicle Emission Testing programme needs to be overhauled to tackle air pollution

This article by Krity Shrestha was published on The Kathmandu Post on 1 July 2012

JUN 30 – Nepal has been considered the “world’s worst performing country in terms of air quality” in the recent Environmental Performance Index. With the bowl-shaped topography of Kathmandu Valley and the impounding effects of bad air quality on our health and economy, it is time that we seriously contemplate and take some steps to control our air pollution. Motor vehicle emissions are one of the major sources of air pollution in Kathmandu Valley. With more vehicles on the roads than ever before, modal shift from public vehicles to private vehicles and poor maintenance of in-use vehicles, vehicle emissions are on the rise. Continue reading »