The tippers operators disturbed the Valley traffic today, as they blocked Koteshwor road.
They blocked Koteshwor-Baneswhor and Koteshwor-Gaushala road section protesting the government ban on crusher industries. The protesting operators demanded lifting of the ban on crusher plants.
The agitating Tipper Entrepreneurs Association under the the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs parked their tippers in the middle of the road.
The Valley traffic suffered as the movement of vehicles was disturbed in the Valley due to the three-hour blockade, according to in charge of Metropolitan Traffic Police Circle Koteshwar Inspector Poshan Dhakal. “They blocked the road from 9 am to 12 pm,” the police said, adding that the traffic police had to use crane to remove the vehicles that disturbed the Valley traffic. “The road-blocking vehicles were shifted to Tinkune ground.”
The police was forced to resort to baton charge to disperse the mob in Koteshwor as the protestors clashed with the police, who were trying to remove the vehicles to ease the traffic. Police also detained as many as 49 demonstrators.
Tipper Entrepreneurs Association has been protesting the government bank asking for smooth supply of construction materials.
The government had, earlier, banned crusher industries from extracting stones, pebbles and sand after they failed to meet the minimum standard.
The cabinet meeting last July had directed the crusher entrepreneurs to relocate the illegally operated industries by mid August.