Traffic Problems: I have never understood why there are no Traffic Lights in this Country

I am originally from Nepal. I was born and raised in this beautiful country and lived here for almost 15 years before I moved away. In my late teen years I migrated to  United States of America and lived there several years. To be honest United States is a well organized with the traffic system,  proper law and many things in the favor of people that benefits everyone. However, when you’re not originally from United States you move back home at one point in your life, as did I, I find things little out of place for instance in Nepal, it is still counted as one of the developing countries, but, traffic! Seriously?
I have never understood why there are no traffic lights in this country. Evidently, in Nepal, people are hired to do the jobs of traffic lights. Instead of fixing roads and making proper traffic rules, using the manpower to work as a traffic lights is heartbreaking. Every month each traffic police probably earn about Nrs.15,000- Nrs.18,000 and there are hundreds of traffic police who are hired to do a job. Major part of their job is to direct traffic in a right direction, make sure people cross the road properly and issue tickets to any violators. I am saddened by the fact that government does not realize that it is wasting the human resources, they can possible serve country in a better way.

Instead of using people to do this job, if there were proper traffic lights, there would not be crowded roads. I am not saying take away the jobs of any hard working traffic police, who are trying to feed their family and make a decent living. Better yet, those people who make minimal monthly income can actually be police officers who can solve crime and catch criminals and thieves,  make the city better place to live.

Sadly, this has been going on for a long time and the government does not even realize that major part of work force and human resources is being wasted on something so silly. These are hard working citizen and they could do so much better.


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  1. August 24, 2016

    Traffic lights usually get damaged within a year of installation. There is no maintenance.
    Let me tell you something I have seen. The traffic lights on the road between two buildings of Tri-Chandra College are dead most of the times. However, on some special occasions, they are turned on. And they work perfectly for a day or two. So I guess, the use of traffic lights has been restricted by the system/administration.

  2. August 24, 2016

    I agree with you. What I am focused on is: if there was a proper rules and traffic lights on the roads, the human resources and man power could be used somewhere else and could be beneficial for economy.

  3. August 24, 2016

    We love to break rules and there is no effective system of punishment. Rules are followed only if Traffic Police are around. And government focuses on short term benefits.

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