Night buses in Kathmandu, Lalitpur from August 17

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

Jul 1, 2012-

Here comes good news for the Kathmanduities who are compelled to pay a hefty sum for night-time commuting in the Valley. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) in collaboration with the National Federation of Nepal Transport Entrepreneurs (NFNTE) has decided to launch a night bus service in Kathmandu and Lalitpur from next month.

The KMC and the NENTE on Saturday sealed a 21-point agreement to start this service from August 17.

The night bus service, the first of its kind in Kathmandu, will operate for three hours from 8 pm.

However, night buses would be on a trial basis for six months and would continue if it is financially sustainable. “We are sure that our new service will benefit a large number of people who are facing problem to travel at night,” said KMC chief Kedar Bahadur Adhikari.

According to the agreement, a whopping Rs 4.5 million—-Rs 2.5 million by the KMC and Rs 2 million by the Ministry of Finance—will be provided in aid to the NFNTE for six months. “The grant from the government is for fuel charge and drivers’ allowance, as we are not sure if it is economically viable,” said Dharma Raj Rimal, NFNTE Bagmati zonal chief.

The federation has agreed to operate 14 buses on six routes in the Capital and the fare will not exceed the existing daytime charge.

Of the total buses, four will operate on the Ring Road and remaining will ply on five other routes with two police personnel guarding each of them. Every two buses will run from Satdobato to Ratnapark, Koteshwor-Sinamangal to New Bus park, Jorpati to Ratnapark, Kalanki to Rantapark and Balaju to Ratnapark.

The fare will be adjusted six months later after studying the volume of passengers and income. The NFNTE hopes that the flow of passengers will gradually increase over months.

Each night buses will be of 30-seat capacity with an identical colour and all the bus staff are supposed to display their identity cards.

Published: 02-07-2012 08:40

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