Govt hits back at bus syndicate, to grant new route permits to Dhulikhel

Kathmandu-The Department of Transport Management will grant route permit to Dhulikhel from Kathmandu to new buses after the coordination committee of transport entrepreneurs operating vehicles to the east of Koteshwore started a strike from Wednesday.

Director General at the department Rup Narayan Bhattarai said it has been forced to take the step as the commoners have suffered due to the strike. He added that only two committees out of the 13 affiliated to the coordination committee operated their buses today.

He revealed that the department will provide both temporary and permanent route permits to Dhulikhel. “They may have put pressure to get their demands fulfilled by starting the strike. But we have taken this step. There will be no compromise on the issue of good service for commoners.” Bhattarai stated.

He also said the department has started the process of revoking the route permit of those who have not been operating their buses.

The coordination committee of transport entrepreneurs operating vehicles to the east of Koteshwore has started a strike from Wednesday protesting route permit awarded to Mayur Yatayat.

Mayur Yatayat had started operation of 24 42-seater buses from March 15. Theses buses ply to Banepa after completing a round of Ring Road.

They provide free WiFi to passengers and don’t charge fare from people with serious disabilities, and elderly above 70 years.

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