According to me, it is necessary to give a traffic lesson to the people of the areas without road transport because knowledge is never a waste. The people may not have road system now in their area but someday they will or they might travel to another place with road transport available. Without learning the traffic rules, it will be very difficult for them to sustain in that place.
A main cause of road accident in our country is poor condition of roads. The roads of Nepal are narrow, steep, bumpy and full of sharp bends and large potholes, due to which it is more difficult to travel on the road. Moreover, if the road is located near the hill then during monsoon season the vehicle may slip and fall.
The Three Years Interim plan has adopted following strategies in the sector of road transportation:
- To continue the construction of road to link the district headquarters with other parts of the district and improve the road network in the capital.
- To improve the roads of popular and densely populated areas, borders and markets of both mountain and plain areas for the convenience of the transportation of the local products to market and maintaining the law and order.
- To build east-west, north-south and corridor road in the mid regions as well as the prioritized regions to increase the accessibility to these regions.
- To maintain and repair the roads, bridges that are in use for safe transportation.
- To regulate the road safety measures and study the environment and other related aspects.
- To explore other means of transportation like water ways, rail ways and execute the plans immediately.
All the sectors of the country will be affected due to lack of the road. It takes a long time to go from one place to another. We should spend a long time to go to office and return from office. Trade, business, school, campus, market, news will be affected. Due to lack of road, it becomes difficult to manage food, shelter and clothes. Industries cannot run smoothly. After all, national unity and integrity also gets disturbed.
The following is the list of factors responsible for hindering the development of transport in our country:
- lack of knowledge on geographical features.
- lack of manpower necessary to operate the work.
- difficult topography Mountains, Hills.
- lack of capital required for investment.
- lack of modern technology.
- lack of construction materials within the country.
- defective contract system.
- defective Government policy.
- lack of coordination between the government and local authority.
- lack of appropriate environment to preserve the road.
If I were the transport minister, I would develop road transport in various ways. I would complete the task of east- west highway from the middle part of our country. Then I would make a plan to connect both east-west highways through feeder roads. Feeder roads would be parallel in nature joining south to north. Feeder roads would be further connected by local roads. I would activate local people take initiative to construct the local roads themselves. Foreign grants would be sought and utilized properly. Constant policy should be implemented to mobilize the programme in action.
When compared with the modern transport system of developed countries, Nepal lies far behind. Lack of transportation facilities has been the main reason responsible for the lack of development in the remote parts of the country. Uneven topography of Nepal itself is one of the problems. Weak economic conditions of the country is another problem. In addition to these, shortage of skilled manpower, lack of technological expertise, faulty construction system, lack of maintenance, unsuccessful government policy, lack of co-ordination and environment issue are other problems of transport.