In a 'now or never' battle, govt set to bulldoze syndicate
April 4, 2018 11:28 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, April 4: Amid ongoing war against syndicate, the Department of Transport Management has come up with uncompromising steps to demolish syndicate in public transportation.
“We’ve come to know that 12 unions have halted their services in Araniko highway against Mayur Yatayat. If they continue to put unnecessary pressure, affect services and defy government directives, we will directly scrap their licenses,” Rupnarayan Bhattarai, Director General of DoTM said, adding that the government would take all necessary steps to “bulldoze the syndicate system in transportation.”
“The government is serious to tackle this deadly web of syndicate to bring more investments in public transportation and improve accessibility and connectivity,” Bhattarai said adding that with the move was fully supported by the local government as well as the Prime Minister. “This decision comes from the Prime Minister’s directive and there’s no turning back,” Bhattarai said.
“One thing’s for sure: we will bulldoze syndicate bully,” he added citing the move, so far, had not brought any political pressures.
“This is a strong government and it must be able to end syndicate. If this government cannot do it, the syndicate will weigh heavy forever,” Bhattarai said. In addition, he scorned off allegations of transport unions that claimed relaxed licenses to new public vehicles would affect ‘scientific fares’.