Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has initiated the removal of unmanaged cables from electric poles in the streets of Kathmandu. The removal of these cables follows an agreement between the KMC, the Nepal Electricity Authority, and internet service providers, which was reached on Sunday.
According to Manoj Lamichhane, Superintendent at the KMC police, the cable removal started today in the Maitighar Mandala and New Road areas. Previously, the KMC had requested that the NEA and internet service providers remove unmanaged cables from electric poles in Kathmandu by May 10. However, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology issued a circular instructing the KMC not to remove cables that may cause internet service disconnection at local levels throughout the country.
Lamichhane stated that the KMC is working to remove cables if the concerned authorities do not do so themselves within the deadline. “The meeting yesterday agreed to remove cables from today (Monday).”
The Internet Service Providers’ Association of Nepal (ISPAN) indicated that the meeting decided to manage unmanaged cables in various phases from several areas of the Kathmandu Valley. As per the agreement, unmanaged cables, including tangling and unused ones, will be removed from electric poles in the Valley.