CFN, passengers concerned over transport fare hike

Published On: October 8, 2021 02:15 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The Consumers’ Forum Nepal (CFN) and passengers have expressed their concern over the increment in public vehicle fares by the Bagmati Provincial Government. 

The central member of CFN, Roshan Pokharel has demanded withdrawal of the fare hike, stating that the price increment has hit passengers during the Dashain festival. 

Passengers have complained about the increment in public transport fare. They have termed the government’s move unscientific. Shyam Maharjan of Lalitpur Metropolitan City has accused the government of hitting passengers at a time when festivals are around the corner by increasing public transport fares. 

Similarly, a commuter Indra Maya Tamang demanded a repeal of the government’s move. 

The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development of the provincial government has increased public transport fares within the province including the Kathmandu Valley. This will come into effect from October 18. 

According to the public transport fare adjustment set by the Ministry of Physical Infrastructures Development of the province, travel by public bus up to 5 km distance is charged Rs 18.  The decision however comes into effect from October 18.

Similarly, travel up to 10 km is priced at Rs 23 each, up to 27 km Rs 27, up to 20 km Rs 30 and over 20 km Rs 35. A passenger can carry belongings weighing up to 15 kg on a public bus for free. Carrying more than 10 kg belongings is charged Rs 5.  

The government has hiked public transport fare within the province except the Kathmandu Valley by 23 percent.

(With Inputs from RSS)


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