EPS exam may create problems

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 10, 2014-

The Employment Permit System (EPS) examination, which is scheduled for September 26-27, is likely to create problems in transportation management this year. The test, which is compulsory for acquiring the foreign employment permit in South Korea, sees around 60,000-65,000 people travelling to the Kathmandu valley, where the exam takes place. “We have asked the government to look for some alternatives. The overall transportation mechanism can go haywire if the government does not take the issue seriously,” said Sarad Sitaula, general secretary of Federation of Nepalese Transport Entrepreneurs (FNTE), adding the government should either postpone the exam or shift the test centres to other cities. The inflow of around 65,000 people means an additional 1,200-1,500 buses are required. Since the traffic congestion remains higher during Dashain, the situation might turn worse, Sitaula said. Department of Transport Management Director Mukti KC admitted there might be a “big problem” if the EPS exam goes as per the schedule. “Those coming for EPS exams will return around Phulpati, the seventh day of Dashain,” said KC, adding Phulpati will be the busiest day.

Published: 11-09-2014 09:42

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