Print Edition - 2015-03-04 | Nation
Direct bus service to Varanasi from tomorrow
Mar 3, 2015-
Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Bimalendra Nidhi, Join Secretary at Indian Road Transport and Highway Sanjay Bandopadhyay and Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae, among others, will jointly flag off the 35 seater air-conditioned bus amid a function at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu. Another bus is expected to depart from Varanasi on the same day. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is said to launch the 550 km journey.
Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transportation, said the Kathmandu-Varanasi direct bus service will connect the two religious cities, promoting religious tourism and people-to-people contact on both sides.
Kathmandu is home to Pashupatinath Temple while Varanasi has Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Both shrines are considered important pilgrimage sites by Shiva worshippers all around the world.
Situala said the Federation of Nepal Transportation Entrepreneurs and Sajha Bus, the government owned transportation company, will provide the bus service from the Nepali side. The bus will take the Bhairahawa-Gorakhpur route and the transport fare has been fixed at IRs 1,200.
This will be the second direct Nepal to India bus service. Earlier on 25 November 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had jointly launched the direct bus service between Kathmandu and the Indian capital city of New Delhi.
Nepal and India also plan to establish a direct bus service to link Kathmandu and Patna in the near future.
Published: 04-03-2015 08:53