Taplejung admin enforces new transportation fares

- ANANDA GAUTAM, Taplejung

Mar 20, 2015-

The local administration has enforced the new public transport fares fixed by the government a month and a half ago, but never implemented by operators as they were lower than before.

A team of consisting of Chief District Officer Damaru Niraula and Deputy Superintendent of Police Shanti Raj Koirala has made it compulsory for transport operators to charge passengers according to the tariff set by the government from Wednesday.

The officials forced transport operators to return Rs22,600 to the passengers who had been overcharged for a trip from Phidim and Ilam to Jhapa. A total of 326 passengers benefited from the move.

According to Niraula, the transporters were charging Rs850 per passenger for a journey from Taplejung to Birtamod although the fixed fare is Rs725. He said that they had to check whether the new tariff was being implemented by standing on the street as transporters had been defying government orders. The government had recently slashed fares in line with a fall in gasoline prices.

According to Niraula, the government collected Rs 13,500 in fines from 71 taxis that had continued to charge the old fares. Action was taken against transport operators for overloading or overcharging passengers.

Ratna Limbu, a passenger travelling to Birtamod, said that he had felt the presence of the state after getting back the Rs 75 he had been overcharged.

Since overloading of vehicles increases the risk of accidents, travellers have urged the local administration to continue their surveillance.

Meanwhile, the counter in-charge of the Mechi Transport Entrepreneurs’ Association Jang Mukhiya said that they had started implementing the new fares from Wednesday.

Published: 21-03-2015 07:15

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