KATHMANDU, May 4: Shutdown of public vehicles by various transportation entrepreneurs associations has affected movement of general people across the country.
With the government determined to break syndicate, transport committees are also reluctant to end their years of monopoly in transportation. Transport committees have been demanding the government to revoke its decision. As planned, transport entrepreneurs have continued with their planned protests from today.
"Newly registered public transports under company act are providing services," Tulsi Ram Aryal, Information Officer of DoTM. Aryal dismissed any possibilities of talks with protesting entrepreneurs to end the strike.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mukunda Marasaini at Metropolitan Police Division, Kathmandu said that while people were being affected due to unavailability of vehicles on time, "transportation companies registered under private limited were providing shuttle service to the travelers. He added that the vehicles were being diverted to various routes to ease vehicular movements. "We are willing to serve the people and will do as much as possible to do so," he added.
Early morning today, traffic police personnel were seen stopping empty motorbikes and private vehicles to send help passengers get to their desired destinations.
"As long as the strike doesn't end, we’ve terminated vehicle routes. What this means is vehicles are welcomed to go beyond their routes to ease commuters," Marasaini added.
Also, the busses of long route is under regular services and the buses have departed to Pokhara, Butwal, Kohalpur, Birgunj and to western part of Nepal Marasaini added.
Department of Transport Management (DoTM) introduced transport management directive on April 2, 2018 to break transport syndicates. Five transport entrepreneurs have shutdown their public vehicles from today.