Gov­ern­ment hikes trans­porta­tion fare

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The gov­ern­ment, un­der the pres­sure of the trans­port en­trepreneurs as­so­ci­ated with the scrapped trans­port com­mit­tees, has in­creased the fare of pub­lic ve­hi­cles by 10 per cent in the eve of Dashain. The de­ci­sion has irked the peo­ple. The stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions have al­ready taken to streets to protest the de­ci­sion. The pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment had to bow be­fore the pro-syndicate trans­port en­trepreneurs af­ter they re­fused to open the book­ing of ticket for Dashain fes­ti­val un­less the gov­ern­ment in­creases the fares or with­draws its de­ci­sion to hike the prices of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts. Af­ter the de­ci­sion of the gov­ern­ment to hike the fare of the pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles, the en­trepreneurs started book­ing ticket for Dashain from Tues­day.

The gov­ern­ment had de­cided to in­crease the fare of pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles by 10 per cent on Satur­day as the trans­porta­tion en­trepreneurs did not be­come ready to open the ticket book­ing for Dashain af­ter the hike in pe­tro­leum prices.

Ear­lier, the trans­porta­tion en­trepreneurs had agreed to open ticket book­ing from Septem­ber 21 with the con­di­tion of re­view­ing the bus fare af­ter Dashain Fes­ti­val. Af­ter the in­crease in price of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts, trans­porta­tion en­trepreneurs had back­tracked from the agree­ment de­mand­ing to with­draw the hike in pe­tro­leum prod­ucts.

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