The road widening of Lazimpat Road, a pivotal commuting route of about 10 kilometers in Kathmandu, so far has taken 18 months and the project is nowhere near completed.
Locals deal daily with mud,power and telephone wires fallen over the street and sidewalk, huge holes into the sewerage system. Locals and expats have fallen into the sewers and open manholes during various stages of the road upgrade.
One expat fell in after new year’s celebrations and was up to her neck in shit going the stories circulating about the incident. A local woman is known to have fallen down an electrics access hole while walking her son home from school. Allegedly her leg snapped as her momentum into the shallow hole carried her forward.
The road widening and improvements will be of significant benefit once completed but shop owners and others spoken to along the road express a resigned frustration.
“It is very bad for business, but this is how it is for now.”
Sidewalks are now being laid in sections, which is improving things significantly for walkers and businesses.