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Kathmandu’s Thamel and Durbarmarg to Open 24/7

March 25, 2024
Kathmandu's Thamel and Durbarmarg

The government of Nepal is preparing to open the popular Thamel and Durbarmarg areas of Kathmandu for 24-hour business operations. This initiative follows instructions from Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane.

Chief District Officer Jitendra Basnet has met with stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition, emphasizing security measures and fair pricing practices for businesses. The District Security Committee has developed a plan to address potential security concerns.

“We will implement an integrated plan, adapting as needed after the markets open,” said Basnet.

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Business leaders expressed support for the move. Thamel Tourism Development Council Chairman Bhabishwor Sharma sees this as a long-awaited opportunity. Durbarmarg Development Board Treasurer Sanjay Adhikari believes the change is appropriate and calls for turning Durbarmarg into a night-walk area.

The new policy is expected to take effect within a week.

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