POKHARA, Oct 5: Bus operators in Pokhara have added more buses in view of the Dashain-time passenger rush.
As many as 15 tourist buses were in operation along the Pokhara-Kathmandu route from one destination. The number has now been increased to 25.
Similarly, Prithvi Highway Bus Operators' Committee has also decided to double the number of buses for long routes. “We are ready to add more vehicles if the flow of passengers continue to grow," an office bearer of the committee said.
The decision was taken as the number of passengers exiting Kathmandu increased due to Dashain, according to bus operators. “There were fewer passengers until a few days ago. But now the flow has increased,” said Hari Adhikari, coordinator of Western Region Bus Sub-committee at Nepal Association of Tours and Travels Agents.
Adhikari claimed that passengers to and from Pokhara have not faced problems in getting tickets. The number of passengers from Kathmandu to Pokhara is very high compared to the passengers' flow from Pokhara to Kathmandu, Kedar Sharma of Blue Sky Tours and Travels said.
The growing attraction toward tourist buses is due to comfortable journey, according to him. “We do not carry passengers more than the seat capacity. Our fares are reasonable. So more people travel in our buses,” Adhikari further added.
Similarly, the committee has added more buses for popular destinations such as Kakarbhitta, Dharan, and Biratnagar among other places.
The flow of passengers exiting Pokhara to these routes has increased, said Yogendra KC, secretary general of the committee.
The committee has been operating buses to 324 destinations from Pokhara, he informed.