Trans­porters and govt to agree with each other

People's Review - - COMMENTARY -

The gov­ern­ment's at­tempt to open the pre-book­ing of bus tick­ets for Dashain early didn't go as plan after the meet­ing be­tween trans­porters and the Depart­ment of Trans­port Man­age­ment (DoTM) held on Sun­day ended in­con­clu­sively. Both trans­porters and the gov­ern­ment were not able to fix the date for open­ing pre-book­ing of bus tick­ets for Dashain after DoTM re­fused to ad­dress the de­mand of trans­porters to hike fares and al­low pas­sen­gers to ei­ther travel or trans­port lug­gage atop the ve­hi­cles on the top car­riage. Cit­ing that var­i­ous roads across the coun­try have been badly da­m­aged, which is a threat to trans­porters and their ve­hi­cles, trans­porters had been de­mand­ing gov­ern­ment to in­crease trans­porta­tion fare on long routes for Dashain. They are also against the gov­ern­ment's move to dis­al­low buses to carry pas­sen­gers on the top car­riage. “The de­mand made by the gov­ern­ment to re­move top car­riages of buses is il­log­i­cal as top car­riage is used to trans­port goods of pas­sen­gers,” said Saro­jSi­taula, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Fed­er­a­tion of Nepalese Na­tional Trans­port En­trepreneurs (FNNTE). He also said that the gov­ern­ment should re­view the fares be­fore the pre-book­ing of bus tick­ets is an­nounced. Mean­while, Roop Narayan Bhat­tarai, direc­tor gen­eral of DoTM, said that the gov­ern­ment will re­visit the de­mand of trans­porters and think of ways on how the gov­ern­ment could fa­cil­i­tate trans­port en­trepreneurs dur­ing Dashain. Mean­while, it has been learnt that DoTM has al­ready formed a tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee to study the pos­si­bil­ity of introducing new trans­porta­tion fares soon. How­ever, DoTM of­fi­cials have been say­ing that the new fares can be im­ple­mented only after Dashain and Ti­har as a hike in trans­porta­tion fare will cre­ate ad­di­tional financial pres­sure on the pub­lic in fes­tive sea­son.

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