Every year, as soon as the monsoon arrives, the dusty roads of the Capital turn into a disgusting mess.A man struggles to walk on the road full of puddles at Dallu in Kathmandu. Aashriuti Tripathy/TKP
While the rest of the country is having a love-hate relationship with the rains, Kathmandu valley, each year—and for a long, long time—has a whole different experience when it comes to monsoon.
The dusty roads of the Capital, as soon as the rain arrives, turn into a muddy mess. Scenes of people trying to avoid the puddles, vehicles stuck in waist-deep mud, and school children navigating through waterlogged road sections with their overweight backpacks have become common at this time of year.
Why is it so bad? The reasons haven’t changed over the years either: unplanned and delayed road constructions, haphazard urbanization, and apathy from the local authorities in repairing damaged road sections.
These photos show the deplorable condition of our nation’s capital.