How are public buses resuming their service amid COVID-19 pandemic in Kathmandu Valley?  (With video)

Published On: July 15, 2020 03:56 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 15: After almost four months of nationwide lockdown enforced by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19, a few public transportation companies have resumed transportation services in Kathmandu Valley.

Sundar Yatayat is among those companies resuming service. The Company, which operated electric bus service in Nepal for the very first time, started providing service to the general public from July 14.

The government of Nepal has permitted transport companies to resume its service following the health safety guidelines issued by the government and charging 50 percent extra fares from the customers. The Sundar Yatayat has, however, resumed its service at a normal fare.

The company has made necessary arrangements to sanitize and disinfect the vehicle during the operation. Driver and the assistant driver are provided with gloves, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), boots and face mask.

According to Sukesh Lama, who works as a driver in one of the buses of the company, the company has begun providing service following the health security guidelines issued by the government of Nepal. “We have brought two buses in operation that run in Bhaktapur, Jamal and Ratnapark route” he added.

The customers undergo thermal body temperature tests and get sanitized before entering into the bus. They are also required to sit inside the bus maintaining proper social distance. The company also provides customers with facemask in free of cost if they are found travelling without one.

Similarly, Mayur Yatayat and Upatyaka Yatayata have also resumed their services in Kathmandu since Monday.



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