Peo­ple felt ab­sence of govern­ment dur­ing Dashain

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The peo­ple this Dashain felt ab­sence of govern­ment as they had to un­dergo or­deals while trav­el­ling to their vil­lages from Kath­mandu and other cities. The trans­port en­trepreneurs cheated the pas­sen­gers by charg­ing ex­or­bi­tant fares dur­ing the fes­ti­vals. The ticket coun­ters and their men openly black-mar­keted the bus tick­ets while the buses charged higher fares than the fixed ones. The pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to Jhapa from Kath­mandu via the B P High­way were charged as much as Rs 1600 while the fare fixed by the govern­ment in the route is just Rs. 1100. Also the pas­sen­gers who were forced to pay ex­tra fare were dropped on the mid­dle of their jour­ney be­fore tak­ing them to the fi­nal des­ti­na­tions. But the poor pas­sen­gers had no one to lodge the com­plaints against such ac­tiv­i­ties of the driv­ers and trans­port en­trepreneurs. “We had bought tick­ets for Bir­ta­mod of Jhapa in Kath­mandu pay­ing Rs. 1600 but the mi­crobus dropped us in Da­mak and we were forced to reach Bir­ta­mod on a crowded pub­lic bus,” Sar­ala Dhakal, a pas­sen­ger said. Not only in the long route, but also in short routes, the con­duc­tors and driv­ers were free to fix the fare dur­ing the fes­ti­val. More­over, the peo­ple felt an acute short­age of pub­lic ve­hi­cles on the day of Ma­haasthami to Dwadasi. As a re­sult, the avail­able ve­hi­cles were free to charge as much fare as they liked.

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