Bring large buses for public transportation
Capital city has an estimated 35,000 public vehicles, and around a million people travel on them daily
Sep 16, 2015-Travelling on public transportation is a tremendous challenge in Kathmandu as it is always crowded. It is estimated that there are around 4 million people crammed in the valley. According to National Population and Housing Nepal 2011, Kathmandu district has the highest population density in the country of 4,416 people per square kilometre.
The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) says that the capital city contains around 35,000 public vehicles, and that around a million people travel on them daily. As result, the unavailability of public transportation, compulsion to travel in jam-packed vehicles, lack of quality of the service and inconsistency in the service are some common issues that have made life hard for commuters.
Sajha Yatayat Cooperative and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) have signed an agreement to operate buses in the Kathmandu Valley. They plan to introduce 80 big buses in the capital city under the Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transportation Project. Similarly, the move to introduce 2,850 new taxis on the streets of Kathmandu is one of the positive initiatives taken by the government to ease public transportation woes in Kathmandu. However, these efforts
The other issue which has increased public distress is that there is no custom in the country of staying open 24 hours a day, said Adhikari. The working hours of government offices, private enterprises, schools, colleges and other organizations are almost the same in Nepal.
“This means that vehicles are compelled to stay off the roads for at least eight hours a day. And during rush hour, they are jam-packed,” Adhikari said. He added that if the movement of people in a city exceeds 1 million daily, establishing a metro is a must as per international norms. “We have to think about these possibilities too,” Adhikari said.
The country’s private sector is of the view that issues with public transportation emerged following low expenditure by the government in the development of infrastructure in urban areas. “While the growth in the number of automobiles has been phenomenal in the past few years, there isn’t abundant infrastructure to support them. We feel that the government should accord priority to Kathmandu as a metro city,” said Anjan Shrestha, vice-president of the Nepal Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada).
Likewise, Deepak Thapa, general secretary of Nada, said that the tendency of bringing policies to promote mass transportation but neglecting the implementation aspect had remained a key issue. “The budget for the current fiscal year has given preference to buses having a capacity of 40 passengers or more. However, there has been no such effort at the ground level,” Thapa said.
Published: 16-09-2015 09:25
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