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Traffic policemen in Kathmandu forced to hold pee for hours

Gagan Aryal

Traffic-policeman

Kathmandu, 9 January (2020) – Traffic police in crowded Kathmandu roads complain that they are forced to hold their urine for around five hours.

Traffic police officers have 10-hour shift each day. They carry out duties in two shifts and face the problem of peeing.

Lapse of concentration for even a minute can cause traffic havoc therefore a traffic officer doesn’t have the luxury of answering the call of nature, Police Personnel Lila Ram Thapa said. Holding on to their pee, traffic police personnel have to wave their hands and blow whistles.

Thapa directs traffic at Thamel-Galkopakha section. He said, “How can I pee? The traffic will be chaotic if I leave for even a second. On top of that, there is no proper place to pass urine. I pee in the morning before taking the shift and take a leak after the end of the shift. I hold urine during duty hours.”

Traffic police personnel Thapa told Lokantar that there is heavy traffic during rush hour (9 to 11 am) and he can’t leave duty for even a second. “Normally two traffic police personnel are deployed in an intersection but they can’t pee due to pressure of traffic management,” he said.

Traffic policeman Subas Tamang manages traffic in Balaju and he shares the same experience.

Kesharmahal chowk is the busiest stretch in Kathmandu. Around four traffic police personnel manage traffic there.

Moti Lal Kahdka manages traffic there. He said, “This road has the heaviest traffic. How can I take time off to pee?”

Senior nephrologist Dr. Rishi Kumar Kafle said that holding urine for a long time adversely impacts kidneys and leads to urine infection.

He said, “The government should build proper toilets keeping traffic police personnel’s health in mind.”

There is not even a proper toilet for traffic police personnel. Public toilets are very few in number. Traffic policemen say that they can’t use the toilet in people’s house or the hotel.

Traffic policeman Tamang said, “There are no public toilets here. Whose house do I enter to pee? There is no alternative to holding the urine.”

Traffic police has been strict in penalizing the defaulters of late. Policemen say that it is the reason why people don’t allow them to pee in their homes.

“Earlier we ignored ordinary traffic violations. But these days we take immediate action against violators. That is why people don’t allow us to use their toilets,” traffic police inspector Jitesh Dahal said.

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