Kathmandu Metropolitan City Initiates Cable Cleanup for Utility Poles: Service Providers Given 15 Days to Comply
Kathmandu Metropolitan City has given internet, telecom, and electricity service providers 15 days to remove messy cables from utility poles within its jurisdiction. Failure to comply will result in the government undertaking the task to remove them.
The Metropolitan City released a notice to have companies tag the cables to identify unnecessary wires more easily. The local government has deemed the indiscriminate laying of cables on utility poles as distorting the beauty of the city and impacting the transport system.
ISPs and TV service providers use utility poles to connect their services with customers in Nepal. The Metropolitan City’s initiative follows long-standing conflicts between the companies and NEA over running cables through the poles. The government’s notice follows repeated letters to implement cable management decisions made during meetings with relevant agencies and officials.
The Metropolitan City cited increased fire risks as another consequence of wires hanging on utility poles for years. Service providers will be responsible for any inconvenience to customers during the removal process. The government seeks coordination from regulatory bodies for the task.
In conclusion, Kathmandu Metropolitan City has ordered the removal of cluttered cables from utility poles within 15 days, warning of removal by the government if service providers do not comply. The cables have been identified as impacting the transport system and distorting the city’s beauty.
The notice also highlights the fire risks posed by the wires hanging on the utility poles for years. Service providers will be responsible for any inconvenience to their customers during the removal process, and the Metropolitan City seeks regulatory coordination.