Nepal-India Friendship Bus Service closed

Published On: March 17, 2020 08:45 PM NPT By: RSS

DHANGADHI, March 17: Nepal-India friendship bus service being operated from Dhangadhi to New Delhi, India, has been closed down as part of the preparedness to a global pandemic, coronavirus.

Three buses were operated daily via Gauriphanta checkpoints between Dhangadhi, a far-western city of Nepal, to the Indian capital city New Delhi.

Similarly, two buses traveling via Gauriphanta from Dang to New Delhi have also been halted. Information to this was shared by Sub-Inspector of Police Mahadev Bhatta at Trinagar Police Office. The bus service was closed since Monday.

Meanwhile, Sudur Paschim Transport Pvt's Chairman Padam Devkota said the transport sector had witnessed the adverse impact of coronavirus fear. The number of passengers for both long and routes has declined sharply.

He further said although 17 buses were operated from Dhangadhi to Kathmandu daily, it declined to 10 now for lack of passengers.

Similarly, bus service from Biratnagar to Birgunj, Janakpur, Butwal, Pokhara and other cities are going to be cut down, he added. Efforts to set up quarantine Meanwhile, District Administration Office, Dhangadhi, has been preparing to set up quarantine at Trinagar Customs Office Kailali.

Information Officer Shivaraj Joshee said even a building near area police office Dhangadhi could be used as quarantine in crisis. Anyone suspected of COVID-19 at the border would be kept in the quarantine. Even an ambulance is standby at Tikapur Hospital.

Moreover, Seti State Hospital is going to set up an isolation ward. Health desks have already been established at checkpoints as Trinagar and Khakraula.

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