Fare cuts to come into effect from Tuesday

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 2, 2015-

The government has said it will implement the reduced transport fare from Tuesday. The decision was to be published in the Nepal Gazette on Monday.

Although transporters are yet to agree to the revised fare, particularly the rates maintained in city areas, officials at the Department of the Transport Management say they are determined to implement the new rates.

The government on February 10 had announced fare cuts in public transportation by 2.03 percent to reflect a drop in gasoline prices.

Along with passenger fares, freight rates were reduced by 5.28 percent on Tarai routes and by 4.37 percent on hilly routes, including Narayanghat, Pokhara and Kathmandu. The fares were decreased by 1.62 percent for taxis and airport-based tourist vehicles.

As per the new tariff, the minimum fare on city routes is Rs 13. However, passengers currently have to pay Rs 14.

If a scientific calculation method is used, the hiked rate comes to Rs 13.72.

Transporters have demanded the fare be rounded off to Rs 14 as the rounding figure is greater than 0.5.

If the transporters’ demand is addressed, the fare will not be reduced in city areas.

Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, director general at the Department of the Transport Management said the new fares will be implemented despite the transports’ disagreement.

“We are holding discussions with them and I feel they won’t be much adverse

to implementing the reduced fare,” said Buarlakoti, adding the transporters don’t have any reservation over the new fares on long haul routes.

 

Published: 03-03-2015 09:36

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