December 11, Kathmandu-
In a move that reminds one of some dictatorship, Kathmandu Metropolitan City mayor Balendra Shah has imposed a diktat-like ban on plastic Christmas trees in public spaces including shopping malls and stalls.
The KMC police have taken action, removing Christmas trees placed at various shopping malls, including Bhatbhateni Supermarket, for example, which used to be quite a sight and a photo shoot occasion for many..
Following the earlier prohibition on the sale and distribution of plastic garlands during the Hindu festival of Tihar, KMC has extended the ban to include plastic Christmas trees. So, some are ardent in proving the Christmas tree ban is just an extension of the plastic items ban. But one who has eyes to see can see that the Tihar plastic garland ban was nowhere as abrupt and strictly implemented as the Christmas tree ban.
Birds of a feather flock together