KATHMANDU, Sept 19: The passengers who are traveling long routes to their respective homes for the upcoming Nepal's major festival, Dashain, can pre-book their tickets from coming Friday.
In a meeting held between transport entrepreneurs and Department of Transport Management (DoTM), they have agreed to open the booking from the 23rd of this month.
Even though the pre-booking was set to open a month prior to Dashain the transport entrepreneurs had certain demands which were to be fulfilled by the DoTM. "Our demands have now been fulfilled," said General Secretary of Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE), Saroj Sitaula. "The pre-booking will now open from September 23."
Entrepreneurs have demanded that the Kalanki-Nagdhunga road section should be repaired as soon as possible, Narayanghat-Muglin road extension work should be stopped till October 16, Super Deluxe buses' fares should be fixed and temporary route permits should be provided to the vehicles.
As per the DoTM, the ticket booking will be available to various routes from September 23 till October 11. The spokesperson of DoTM, Basanta Adhikari further added that if the tickets are not provided from the counters or if fares charged unreasonably, the passengers can register their complaints at the police department or the DoTM.
Among four million people living inside the valley, around 2.6 million people are traveling to their respective homes for the upcoming Dashain festival as per the previous year's status. Only on Phulpati and Astami alone, around 400,000 people exit the valley for the festival.
Super deluxe hikes its bus fares
With Dashain festival around the corner, super deluxe and A/C buses have now increased 20 percent more than its regular bus fares. Even previously the deluxe buses had been taking about 20 percent more fares than the rest of the vehicles. The passengers have to pay 40 percent more than other ordinary vehicles if they are traveling by deluxe buses. The meeting held on Sunday between DoTM and the vehicle entrepreneurs had fixed the bus fares.
Nepal Police to wear ordinary uniforms
The Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Bureau has deployed around 150 police officials at various ticket counters around the valley in ordinary uniforms to control the frauds as previously it was seen that in an excuse of managing the queue they had been doing fraud businesses.