A Himalayan city once deafened by car horns has now gone blissfully quiet

Alaya Holidays, Kathmandu, 24th Dec: When the authorities in Kathmandu outlawed the use of vehicle horns in April, the start of the Nepali year, many expected the ban would go the way of most new year’s resolutions and be quickly forgotten. But six months later, the streets of the capital remain remarkably quiet. In a city where a horn was widely used as a substitute for a brake, Kathmandu’s drivers appear to have kicked their noisy habit for good. This most inspirational news gone to wired all over the world. One of the reputed Media ‘Washington Post’ covers this story as follow.

“The traffic in the Kathmandu Valley is typical of South Asian cities, with roads clogged with cars, motorcycles weaving past buses, dust filling the air.But there is one important difference in Nepal’s capital: It’s quiet.

In April, Kathmandu’s traffic police introduced fines to stop unnecessary honking, restricting the usage of car horns to emergencies or for driving around sharp curves in the road. Within weeks, the soundscape of Kathmandu was transformed from piercing horns to something more akin to silence.

“In all of South Asia, this is one of the most successful initiatives by the traffic police,” said Madhu Sudan Silwal, a senior police officer who has spent most of his life ushering traffic on Kathmandu’s roads. “This is our pride.” 

For many who live in Asia, to drive without honking seems an impossible feat. How else can you express frustration to fellow drivers in rush-hour traffic jams or hurry a jaywalking pedestrian out of your way without shifting your foot from accelerator to brake? Kathmandu’s horn ban is a public-policy triumph in a country that over the past two decades has experienced a royal massacre, a civil war and frequent changes of government. What makes it even more remarkable is that almost none of the city’s traffic lights work; instead, 1,300 uniformed traffic police choreograph the flow of vehicles with a flourish of hand signals.” source by The washington post.