Kathmandu: In a move to enhance security around vital government installations, the District Administration Office in Kathmandu has issued a prohibitionary order for specific areas encompassing the President’s Office, Sheetal Niwas, and the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar.
Chief District Officer Jeetendra Basnet, in a statement released last night, announced the order aimed at curbing gatherings and activities that could potentially disrupt public order.
The prohibitionary order, effective from November 21, will be in force for the next 30 days, according to Basnet. The directive restricts gatherings of more than five persons for protests, processions, sit-ins, gheraos, hunger strikes, and assemblies in the designated areas.
Specifically, the order encompasses the region from Sheetal Niwas up to Pabitra Workshop in the east, extending to the canal through Samakhushi in the west, up to the South-East gate of the National Police Training Academy in the north, and up to the mode leading to the Police Hospital in the south.
Moreover, the order designates the areas from Pabitra Workshop Chowk to Nepal Rastra Bank Chowk towards Baluwatar and from the Speaker’s residence up to 100 meters in the west-south direction of the road leading to Gairidhara as prohibited zones.
This decision comes in light of concerns that group gatherings, particularly for sit-ins and protests in proximity to the residences and offices of prominent individuals, may pose a threat to peace, security, and public service delivery.
This latest prohibitionary order follows a similar directive issued earlier for the Maitaghar-Baneswor and Pulchowk areas of Lalitpur, as the local administration takes precautionary measures to ensure public safety and maintain order in the capital.