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Thamel and Durbar Marg to Open 24 Hours a Day

April 6, 2024
Thamel and Durbar Marg

In a move set to transform Kathmandu’s nightlife, the government has announced plans to keep the tourist hubs of Thamel and Durbar Marg open 24 hours a day starting on April 13th, the first of Baisakh.

The announcement follows a coordination meeting led by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane with key stakeholders. Chief District Officer of Kathmandu, Jitendra Basnet, confirmed the implementation date and outlined new security procedures.

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The procedures aim to balance economic growth with the well-being of residents. They include provisions to assist intoxicated individuals, mandates for the noise-free operation of entertainment venues, and restrictions on obscene dances aimed at preserving Nepali culture. Additionally, there are age restrictions for entering clubs and employing minors.

Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s Deputy Mayor, Sunita Dangol, supports the 24-hour move but emphasizes the need to address concerns about noise pollution. “Locals have struggled to sleep due to excessive noise. Soundproofing systems should be mandatory,” Dangol stated.

This decision marks a significant shift for Kathmandu, potentially boosting tourism and nightlife. However, its success will depend on the careful balance between economic benefits and the rights of residents to peace.

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