Valley sees Exodus of People on the Eve of Local Election

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Valley sees Exodus of People on the Eve of Local Election

May 13: A large number of people have left the Kathmandu Valley for their hometowns in different parts of the country to take part in the local level elections taking place at all 753 units simultaneously today (May 13).    
According to the police, the Katkhmandu Valley witnessed an exodus of 83,000 people on Wednesday alone, two days ahead of the voting day.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Bal Narsingh Rana at the Kathmandu Valley's Traffic Police Office said over 550,000 people left the Valley between May 4 and 11.

More passengers were seen home-bound in different places of the Valley than those entering here in the last few days.    
Political parties have reportedly managed the travel of voters to their hometowns in this election while some have managed their travel expenses on their own.    
The total number of voters for this election is more than 17 million (17,733,723) while a total of 10,756 voting stations and 21,955 polling booths have been set up for the election.

The government has categorized 2,946 polling stations as highly sensitive, 4,423 as sensitive and 3,387 as less sensitive and the security arrangements are in place accordingly.    
Following a large exodus of people, the roads in the Kathmandu Valley have very little traffic than usual days. Thapathali, Singhadurbar, Tripureshwor, Maitighar, Koteshwor, Gaushala and Kalanki Chowk areas which used to see heavy traffic flow and traffic jam in usual days seem almost deserted.    
Drivers say that they did not face a frequent traffic jam lately and a limited number of traffic police personnel have been mobilized to deal with the Valley's traffic management. -- RSS  

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